Josh Sigurdson: Vaccine mandates for businesses a “self-inflicted wound”
01/20/2022 // Ramon Tomey // Views

World Alternative Media (WAM) CEO Josh Sigurdson has denounced Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine mandates. According to the journalist, the proof of vaccination requirement only serves as a "self-inflicted wound" for businesses.

Sigurdson used the example of the resort city of Puerto Vallarta in Mexico to illustrate his point. He said that the governor of the state of Jalisco – where Puerto Vallarta is located – implemented a vaccine mandate. However, both the city mayor and the Mexican president are against this mandate.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said back in August 2021 that his country will not require both residents and tourists to show vaccine passports. "There are currently some protests in Europe because [proof of] vaccination is being required to move around or visit [establishments], and people are opposing that. As for Mexico, we won't require such types of proof whatsoever. I want to be very clear about that," he said in a press conference that time.

Sigurdson noted that there are actually very few businesses in Puerto Vallarta enforcing the vaccine mandate. "The vast majority of businesses, in fact, are not supporting it. "Businesses are [already] having a very hard time. Many of the businesses are seeing 50 percent or less of their customers [at] a time where they need the money. And when [the] tourist season ends, it's [going to] be very bad for them," he said.

The WAM CEO and founder also mentioned that businesses banning patrons over their vaccination status was in violation of Article 149 of the Mexican Federal Penal Code, which outlawed discrimination. The statute mandated penalties for those denying "a person a service or a benefit to which they are entitled."


Sigurdson said he has been visiting more than 70 businesses around Puerto Vallarta to educate them about Article 149 and the difference between mandates and laws. "Article 149 shows that it is absolutely against the law to enforce such things" – in this case, denying people a service or a benefit based solely on their COVID-19 vaccination status. (Related: Mayor Bill de Blasio sued by business owners over New York City's vaccine mandate.)

"What's really frustrating to me is that it's a self-inflicted wound by business owners. I know countless businesses are not enforcing this absurdity, [and] the ones that do are suffering seriously. Tourist season ends soon. What's going to happen, then? These businesses are going to collapse.

Foreigners bringing medical tyranny down south

According to Sigurdson, businesses in Puerto Vallarta owned by foreigners are the ones responsible for promoting discrimination against unvaccinated customers by making customers show proof of vaccination. "Most of the businesses that are enforcing this – the vast majority – are foreign-owned; Canadian- [and] American-owned businesses. Most of the Mexican-owned businesses aren't doing this."

He mentioned one instance of a Canadian national trying to impose medical tyranny from her native land down in Mexico. "A woman that's really well-known here in Puerto Vallarta is going around and trying to get businesses to shut down for not wearing masks, even though there are no actual mandates. But nonetheless, this Canadian woman decided to come here and start talking down the Mexicans and trying to get their businesses shut down."

"You have these Canadians coming out and trying to enforce this insanity. They want to make Mexico like Canada. So we put efforts together to go to these businesses and fill them with customers."

Sigurdson also told the story of a restaurant in the city he used to frequent – until it imposed a vaccine passport mandate. He explained that the vaccine passport rule violated Article 149 and, with the new rule in place, said he will no longer patronize the establishment.

The restaurant owner then flew into a rage, arguing that their establishment is "doing what it can in order to please everyone." Sigurdson replied: "We are boycotting businesses that discriminate against medical choices. It's pretty obvious who is attacking who."

The restaurant eventually suffered the consequences of its vaccine passport rule. "People were walking by after getting turned away, and the place was mostly empty. They took down the sign saying that you need [to be vaccinated] to enter." (Related: NYC restaurants REFUSE to enforce vaccine passport mandate and become "vaccination police".)

Watch the video below of Sigurdson talking about businesses imposing vaccine mandates for customers.

This video is from the World Alternative Media channel on has more articles about COVID-19 vaccine mandates for businesses.

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