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Monday, 15 June 2020 20:21

NY Governor Warns Some Parts of State Might Need to Take Step Back From Reopening

Written by Steven Bittenbender, The Center Square
Groups of people, some wearing masks but most without or with masks lowered, relax in marked circles for proper social distancing May 17 at Domino Park in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. Groups of people, some wearing masks but most without or with masks lowered, relax in marked circles for proper social distancing May 17 at Domino Park in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. Kathy Willens

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New York state’s recovery from the COVID-19 crisis continues as the state hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly reduced the number of new cases.

However, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said June 14 parts of the state might find themselves moving back on the reopening process instead of forward if behaviors don’t change.

 

The state can celebrate the recovery, but it should do so cautiously the governor said as statistics from other states that have reopened show significant increases in new patients.

 

Those numbers may also foreshadow what New York sees in the coming weeks, especially if people stop wearing masks and abiding by social distancing guidelines. Already, the state has received 25,000 complaints from people accusing businesses of violating the state’s rules for reopening.

 

Cuomo said businesses in Manhattan and the Hamptons have drawn the most violations, and if the behavior doesn’t stop, he may roll back the reopening in New York City and Long Island.

 

New York City just entered phase one June 8 and Long Island entered the second phase on June 10.

 

He called on local governments to step up enforcement and told bar and restaurant owners they could lose their liquor licenses if they violate reopening guidelines.

 

“These are not hard-to-spot violations,” the governor said. “People send video of these violations. You can look it up on social media. You don’t need a detective squad to go out and find it. They are rampant, and there’s not enough enforcement.”

 

On June 13, Cuomo retweeted a video posted on Twitter by EV Grieve, an East Village blog. The video showed people gathering outside a bar on St. Marks Place in Manhattan. Few people wore masks and most people stood well within 6 feet of others.

 

“Don’t make me come down there,” Cuomo posted.


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