Tuesday, 21 July 2020 22:18

NY Extends Number of States Facing Quarantine Order to 31

Written by Steve Bittenbender, The Center Square


It also appears Cuomo got his point across to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Cuomo has been especially critical at the lack of enforcement from the city on social distancing and outdoor dining issues, saying local enforcement is necessary in order to prevent cases of COVID-19 from increasing significantly.


The mayor, who during his July 20 briefing noted an unnamed Astoria restaurant was ordered closed, previously had pushed back, saying that was not a job for police.


However, on July 20, de Blasio’s tone had changed. He reminded residents and business owners that the reopenings were not yet a signal that life was returning to normal.


“No one wants to shut down bars or restaurants, but if they do not cooperate in our efforts to contain the coronavirus, they will be shut down,” de Blasio said July 20. “We don't want to give out summonses. Everyone's hurting right now, financially, economically, but if we have to, we'll give out summonses. So, there'll be heavier enforcement efforts by the sheriff's office and when needed, by the NYPD as well, around bars and restaurants.”


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