(Meredith) -- Three people have been arrested and charged after allegedly attacking a hostess at a New York City restaurant.

According to WCBS, the fight began when tourists from Texas were asked to show proof of vaccination, which is a requirement if you want to eat indoors in the city.

The NYPD said that a 44-year-old woman, her 21-year-old daughter and a 49-year-old woman, became so enraged when questioned they allegedly slapped, punched and pushed the hostess, going so far as to rip her necklace off her neck.

Two bystanders saw the incident and were able to pull one of the women away from the brawl. All three were taken into custody.

The New York City Hospitality Alliance issued a statement to WCBS saying:

"It's a shocking and tragic situation when one of our valued employees is assaulted for doing their job as required by city policies and trying to make a living. This is the absolute last experience any of our employees should ever endure and any customers witness."

The Alliance is now calling for harsher penalties to anyone who assaults a restaurant worker.

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