Cuomo Warns NY Bars and Restaurants Could be Forced to Close Again if Crowding Does Not Stop

Cuomo Warns NY Bars and Restaurants Could be Forced to Close Again if Crowding Does Not Stop

NYC has been cleared to enter Phase Four on Monday, reopening outdoor activities such as zoos and gardens, however, indoor dining and malls remain closed because many establishments are still violating preventative laws.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo says many young people are congregating at bars and restaurants, specifically in New York City area, and it is “a threat” to the state’s reopening and warned that this can cause businesses to shut down again.

Cuomo say his office continues to receive reports of overcrowding and mask violations, only days after he announced enforcement of bars and restaurants not complying with the state’s social distancing requirements would be amped up.

“We will have to roll back the bar and restaurant opening if the congregations continue, if the local governments don’t stop it, that is what is going to happen,” Cuomo said at a press conference.

On Thursday, Cuomo outlined a new directive that would close a restaurant after three violations of the state’s social distancing policies. Violators will immediately have their liquor license revoked and may be forced to close.

The governor says he cannot execute this plan “without the local government or the police.” and says many of them “are not doing their job.”

Photo by: Kevin P. Coughlin / Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

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