NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -The NYPD is putting muscle behind Mayor Bill de Blasio‘s insistence that New Yorkers observe social distancing.

CBS2 has learned that an army of cops will fan out across the city this weekend to make sure New Yorkers are masked and apart.

CBS2’s political reporter Marcia Kramer has exclusive details.

You might say it’s no more Mr. Nice Guy. The NYPD will be out in force at parks, beaches and playgrounds this weekend to make sure New Yorkers don’t get up close and personal with each other, that everyone observes social distancing.

“We are past the point of warnings. This is a dangerous situation,” said NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan.


Monahan told Kramer that New Yorkers drawn out of their homes by the expected sunny skies and warm temperatures this weekend will see a large police presence: 1,000 cops, all five boroughs, to keep New Yorkers safe by trying to stop the spread of COVID-19.

“Barbecues, large gatherings of people together, organized sports events, people hanging together trying to drink… we’ll be breaking these up. We will be actively involved,” Monahan said. “People who are just walking together, exercising, on a blanket with their family, those are not people we are going to bother. They don’t have a mask, we’ll give them a mask.”

“Will you really arrest people?” Kramer asked.

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“If they confront us, it becomes an incident, yes we will. If it has to be, yes. I hope it never comes to that though, Marcia. People should understand just how dangerous a virus this is,” Monahan said.

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The new police enforcement action comes after Mayor de Blasio saw red following a funeral in Williamsburg this week that drew thousands.

“In Wiliamsburg, that was completely unacceptable. Over two thousand people gathered on the street,” Monahan said.

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Meanwhile, the mayor announced a plan to provide more open space by closing seven miles of streets next week for pedestrians and cyclists, but he has stressed social distancing is the order of the day.

“There’s going to be a crackdown everywhere if we see gatherings,” de Blasio said.

And even though he’s concerned about crowds, the mayor insisted he’s going to find some way to celebrate July Fourth. He wouldn’t say how, but he promised there will be fireworks.

Comments (35)
  1. Haeshu Kasiiki says:

    “If they confront us, it becomes an incident, yes we will.” Who exactly is ‘confronting’ the police in this scenario the chief is speaking of? People BBQing in their backyard with neighbors who have also been quarantined for two, I mean six weeks? How is standing at the grill confronting anyone? The cops are the ones doing the confronting, with guns and arrests, not the BBQers. Get your doublespeak straight.

  2. Does seem very convienent for tyrranist.

    1. ottomatic says:

      These political tyrants all have two things in common….1. They still draw a full paycheck. 2. They all have fresh haircuts.

  3. Mark Lemmon says:

    Good luck locking down millions of Unemployed desperate people…

  4. Standup Broad says:

    State Governors have the power to invoke martial law – NONE have done so. Until they do, any “restrictions” are VOLUNTARY and not legally enforceable.

  5. CYRUS says:

    We need to be absolutely clear that this is a pandemic; a very highly contagious disease much more deadly then the common flu virus.

    Without a doubt, if we let our guard down now, MANY more will get the disease, and more will die from it. Stop the denial and stupidity. These are not brown shirts out there doing the enforcement, this is not Orwellian, this is not trampling on your constitutional rights. If you are truly serious about ridding this terrible disease from society, you MUST stop being selfish and just follow a few very simple, basic and very timely demands; Social distance and wear face covering while around others. If you don’t chose to do this, you certainly must be reprimanded for your selfish behavior.

    1. CYRUS says:

      Too many kind, gentle souls have been lost to this virus. Take a moment and remember them, and just do the right things right now so that we don’t continue to lose more.

  6. Jeff Mason says:

    We need to build herd immunity. The experts say we will get exposed anyway so let’s get on with it already. If we keep dragging this out indefinitely, we’re going to emerge from our basements to discover there is no country left.

  7. HUN LOW says:




  8. Saratoga1777 says:

    Most of the comments here are from very uninformed people. There is a pandemic! More people did not die from the flu last year. My daughter is a nurse on the front line in a ICU in NYC and she knows what is happening. This is a very dangerous virus and killing thousands of American citizens every day: almost 3000 yesterday.

    Wake up! There are no brown shirts in NYC!

    1. Rig Tyrsson says:

      There are no Brownshirts? De Blasio singled out the Hasidic Jewish community for his scorn and aggression; and potential future “enforecement.”

      As for the impact of the virus, you are correct that it has surpassed annual influenza numbers. However this is largely focused in a few areas… New York City being one of them, if not the worst hit. In the large metropolitan area where I live our hospitals are all but empty, as so-called “elective” procedures are put on hold. In my very public-facing profession I have yet to meet or know of a single person who has contracted the virus or even knows someone who has. This includes speaking with nurses and EMS personnel (but no doctors so far.)

      Yes, it is a national tragedy that tens of thousands of our citizens are dying, but a one size fits all method of containment breeds only ill will and distrust, especially in less affected areas. Additionally, there are some people in positions of leadership, De Blasio among them, and Gov. Whitmer of Michigan most egregiously, who are using this as an opportunity to exercise a bit of control over their population. But consider… if you are confined to your home, cannot work, cannot feed your family or yourself, and cannot pay your bills… is that better than the odds of contracting the virus, or being in the much smaller percentage who show legitimate symptoms… much less the percentage of those who perish? Would we be left with a nation of the homeless and starving because we over-reacted and shut the entire country down? If a man cannot pay his rent, will not his landlord evict him because he is not being paid for the use of that property, for which he has to make a mortgage payment on? If he cannot work and house his family, how will a man feed his family?

      The politicians have already destroyed the economy for the time being, but America needs to take its chances and get back to work. We continue to hear the concept of “herd immunity,: but that cannot happen when we are isolated from one-another… and then the insistence in some corners that symptom-free members of the same family separate is not only foolish, it is capricious.

  9. Uncle Squid says:

    This is exactly what the Chinese Communists wanted when they unleashed this virus upon the world. Stand up for your Constitutional rights? Risk getting the very real disease. Or cower in fear and risk surrendering your freedoms. Either way we as Americans lose. This is what the Chinese have done to us.

    The only response is the complete and total shunning of Chinese business, products, and social mores. China is the enemy and they are attempting to soften us up for invasion. #uniteagainstchina

  10. Mark Lemmon says:

    Take the warnings seriously, The “hidden hand” will be wanting to send a warning to whole nation… Don’t go riot, do stupid protesting or anything else dumb. Do what is smart only. Chose the moment with right action.

  11. Wolf says:

    Sorry Big Bird, I have a signed permission slip from 1789 guaranteeing my right to ignore your ‘decision’.

  12. matismf says:

    When does pig hunting season open in the Big Craphole???

  13. Al Mann says:

    Take it easy everyone, it’s OK this is happening… they’re doing the REICH thing and just want to ‘protect’ you. I bet these corrupt goons are taking this opportunity to expand their own gang activities across the city.

  14. Geri Robel says:

    It would appear from this video that the white folks are the only ones being arrested. By way, isn’t it about time to start filling up the FEMA camps?

  15. Moshe Ben Avram says:

    Kaiser Wilhelm enforcing his 4th Reich using his police as Brownshirts.

    1. A concerned citizen says:

      NYPD=DeBlasio’s SS

  16. Lock them up. Lock them up. So De Blasio can walk the streets by himself.

  17. sparkymcbiff says:

    There is no “pandemic” at all and despite the obviously PUMPED UP numbers of “Covid” deaths more people died from the regular seasonal flu last year.
    We are being hoaxed!

    1. Not a fan of Cuomo says:

      Beginning to wonder if that’s true.

  18. Johnny Kay says:

    So — how is everyone enjoying the martial law brought on by the fake coronavirus “pandemic”?

    Wake up, people — the coronavirus “pandemic” is a fraud, an invisible, all-purpose enemy to which the government can attribute any dangers it wants to frighten and control us.

    The international corporate elite that runs things behind the scenes has turned an illness no more dangerous than the common flu (and probably far less so) into a pretext for an enormous expansion of government power and an enormous transfer of resources — literally, trillions of dollars — from the citizens to the corporate elite.

    We are being lied to every step of the way. News reports of overworked doctors, overflowing morgues, crowded hospitals, crowded ICUs, mass graves, racing ambulances filled with COVID-19 patients, and refrigerated trucks filled with bodies are contradicted by numerous videos of empty hospitals, empty waiting rooms, empty “testing centers”, and parked ambulances in the alleged “epicenters” of the pandemic. Even in New York City at the height of the alleged pandemic, undercover reporters released videos showing New York City ERs virtually empty. No lines, nothing.

    There is no legitimacy to any of it. The masks, the “social distancing”, the “self-isolation”, the shutdowns, the lockdowns, the restrictions on assemblies and groups — none of that is to keep us safe, but all of it is to condition us to accept mandatory vaccination, more government control, more arbitrary regimentation, and more handouts to the corporate elite.

    The coronavirus charade is no different from previous virus panics — SARS, MERS, Swine Flu, Zika — only now the people at the top think we are divided enough, stupid enough, and weak enough to submit to a massive acceleration of the ongoing transfer of power and wealth from us to them. Sadly, it appears that they are correct.

    Too many of us still believe — despite overwhelming historical and contemporary evidence to the contrary — that the government and the corporate media do not lie, especially about the big things. In reality, the government and the corporate media lie about everything — especially about the big things

    1. jfm5959 says:

      You said everything that needs to be said. Great job. You described what is going on perfectly.
      Gullible, stupid, naive Americans.

    2. Al Mann says:

      Right on point… amazing and sad to even see my own family (750 miles away) falling for the whole thing and getting in line, groveling and locking themselves in fearful of the boogeyman. Lock and load, store up food and keep a keen awareness of local, national, and global events every day. The clown show has just begun, this is only the warm-up/

    3. Friends of Kay 2020 says:

      Well said Johnny. And a news media that’s sells it to a scared compliant audience.

      But as it’s been said before, “people that will trade freedom for security desire neither and will lose both”

      Johnny Kay 2020

  19. Luis Martinez says:

    So happy I live in the Southwest, in a land of freedom and liberty, where chiefs and sheriffs respect the Constitution.

  20. bill says:

    enjoy your socialism, soon to be communism new Yorkers. you wanted it, you got it.

  21. A J says:

    Trump supporters are the true danger and pose a risk to the rest us!

    History will not remember “president” Trump or the GOP kindly at all – they will be a cautionary tale for future generations about how ignorance and the denying of science can destroy a nation and kill people Trump really is the most incompetent President this nation has ever had known.TRUMP.. UNSTABLE NON-GENIUS NARCISSIST KNOWN LIAR! … “COME NOVEMBER AMERICANS WILL REMEMBER!” Your president wants all the authority, none of the responsibility. Trump Death count keeps going up daily!

    1. JJ says:

      Hey AJ… California is protesting massively… Cali is a major majority of Dems… so I would re-think your comment…

    2. Luis Martinez says:

      TDS will kill you before the virus!

    3. Remastering & Restoration says:

      I hope you get your mental health problem treated by a professional. I say this because you can’t possibly be serious with your comment. Why? Because it makes no sense and appears to be the random ravings of someone not quite all there. You wanted swifter and more decisive action back in February – which you then would have called Trump a dictator. Now that you think he didn’t act faster or decisively enough – you say he should have acted like a dictator. See how that doesn’t make sense? Probably not in your delusionary state.

    4. Butcher says:

      You are either a weak troll or a very stupid Democrat. Though, that is redundant.

    5. Some guy says:

      Do you get a lot of spit on your screen when you type?

  22. dave fay says:

    FU Nazi pigs!

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