The owner of Antico Forno and Terramia, the owner of Vinoteca di Monica and a Boston police officer are seeking to join a lawsuit against Boston against the requirement for people to show proof of vaccination for most public indoor spaces that was lifted in February.
A federal judge will now have to decide whether to allow restaurant owners Carla Gomes and Jorge Mendoza and BPD officer Saviel Colon to join the suit in US District Court. If allowed, this would be the second time the suit, whose lead plaintiff is Shana Cottone, a BPD sergeant who has led loud early morning protests outside Mayor Wu's house, is amended.
The first time, the suit was amended to reflect the fact that the vaccination-proof requirement was rescinded hours after they brought their suit - and to demand $6 million in recompense apiece for the alleged harm done to them by a supposedly run-amok Boston Public Health Commission, some in violation of their alleged religious or medical reasons to avoid shots, some for the money they allegedly lost because their customers refused to come into Boston.
In the latest version of the suit, filed yesterday, Gomes says the vaccination-proof requirement lost her business, and not just from people she claims she turned away for not having proof of vaccination.
Because of the order customers of Plaintiff Gomes' restaurants refused to even go to her restaurants and show proof of vaccination, although they had been vaccinated.
Gomes received $722,941 in federal Paycheck Protection Program funds.
Mendoza says he was severely put out financially because he had to assign one employee to check vaccination cards and that some of his other workers couldn't even come in because they refused to get shots.
He received $360,748 in PPP funds.
Colon alleges he was put on unpaid leave because he's refused shots due to unspecified religious reasons, and that he was "unable to go to restaurants, museums and zoos with his family."
In addition to seeking $6 million each, the now 19 plaintiffs want a judge to rule that anti-pandemic measures by the BPHC and boards of health in Massachusetts are unconstitutional.