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WATCH: Gov Cuomo begs NY businesses to ‘go to vaccine-only admission’

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By Jenny Goldsberry

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo asked businesses to only admit vaccinated people during a press conference Monday. His hope is that more New Yorkers will receive the COVID-19 vaccine as a result.

“Private businesses I am asking them, and suggesting to them, go to ‘vaccine only’ admission,” Cuomo said.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 75.4% of adult New Yorkers have received at least one vaccine dose and 68.6% received both already. Cuomo tweeted that 40,880 doses were administered over past 24 hours on Sunday. Overall, New York administered 22,295,684 doses to date.

During the presser, Cuomo also announced that all metro employees and New York employees of the Port Authority will be required to either be vaccinated or get tested weekly beginning on Labor Day. “Amid the growing threat of the Delta variant, this precaution will help ensure the health & safety of these dedicated workforces,” Cuomo tweeted.

Meanwhile, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has mandated that all teachers in the city must be vaccinated before school starts this fall. His city alone has already ministered more than 10 million vaccines. “We’re doing everything we can to ensure every eligible New Yorker gets vaccinated,” de Blasio tweeted.

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Chevron downsizes global San Fran headquarters, paying for employees to move to Texas office

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Oil giant Chevron made a huge announcement saying it will be closing its current global headquarters in San Ramon, California. Even more telling, its encouraging employees to move to Houston, Texas.

The San Francisco Gate reported “the oil company will cover relocation costs for those voluntarily leaving for the Texas office, which has been growing and employs nearly 6,000 people. Meanwhile, the San Ramon office buildings have experienced dwindling numbers in recent years.”

Although the company is not leaving the state completely, “company leadership has pushed for a permanent move to Texas in the past” adds SFGATE. Chevron, which has had “deep roots” in California going back to the late 1800s, will vacate its 100-acre campus in 2023.

The Wall Street Journal reports the business hopes to move into a smaller space in San Ramon, which will remain its headquarters. A company spokesperson told SFGATE “the current real estate market provides the opportunity to right-size our office space to meet the requirements of our headquarters-based employee population.”

“The move is expected to occur during the third quarter of 2023” they continued. “Chevron will remain headquartered in California, where the company has a 140-year history and operations and partnerships throughout the state.”

The SFGATE notes Chevron is one of “the East Bay’s legacy companies joining the trend” to move their headquarters out of the area in recent years. Tech companies such as startups like Coinbase to industry pioneers like Hewlett Packard and Oracle have all vacated, with Elon Musk having been “one particularly outspoken voice decrying California’s business conditions.”

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