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Cuomo Challengess Local Governments to Crack Down on COVID-19 Violations

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the State continues to check bars and restaurants for violations of state-mandated COVID-19 safety precautions to wear masks and maintain social distancing. Cuomo said authorities checked almost 4,000 businesses over the weekend and found 135 violations. Cuomo said the checks are a reminder to bars and restaurants to follow the rules, otherwise chances are, someone’s going to get ticketed. “That’s the way it should be,” said Cuomo. “If you’re following the rules, fine. If you’re not following the rules, if I were you, I would be worried. That’s the way it should be.”

Cuomo said: “We’re seeing continued situations that are just not intelligent and local governments have to crack down on these, whether they’re in New York City or Long Island or they’re in upstate New York. How a charter boat could put together a crowd on deck and leave — it’s just disrespectful, it’s illegal. It not only violates public health, it violates common decency. Look at all the people you endangered. What if one of those people on that cruise gets sick and dies? What if one of the people on that cruises gets sick, goes home and gives it to a parent who dies? It is just really reckless, rude, irresponsible and illegal … We need better enforcement all across the state.”