ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sent a stern warning to restaurant and bar owners Sunday after reports came in from across the state of large gatherings where people were ignoring social distancing and not wearing masks.

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“We have gotten 25,000 complaints, to the state, of businesses that are in violation of the reopening plan,” said Cuomo. “We have never received more complaints in a shorter period of time.”

He added the complaints have come mostly from Manhattan and The Hamptons.

Cuomo said he would “reverse” course in regions where the state’s reopening plan is not being followed.

The governor said inspectors from the state Liquor Authority are out, along with a task force of state investigators.


“We are not kidding around with this. You’re talking about jeopardizing peoples’ lives,” said Cuomo, reiterating restaurants’ and bars’ liquor licenses are on the line.

Videos and photos posted on social media show crowds gathered outside bars and restaurants on the Upper East Side and in the East Village on Friday night.

“If you are an individual, you cannot violate the open container law,” said Cuomo. “You can’t stand on the sidewalk, drinking a beer.”

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The governor also reminded police and protesters that they are required to wear masks.

Cuomo said local governments are responsible for ensuring the state’s reopening plan is followed.

“I understand it’s not popular. Nobody wants to go to a sidewalk with people drinking and say, ‘You people can’t drink on the sidewalk,'” said Cuomo. “You know what’s more unpopular? If that region closes because that local government did not do their job.”

Comments (7)
  1. sassygirl8318 says:

    All Cuomo has to do is stop allowing bars and restaurants to sell take-out drinks and they will no longer congregate on the streets out front.

    1. thayer says:

      You did not see the report. this article did not say what the report was about. the bars are allowing patrons to enter the bar and mush together like covid did not exist. the waiters/waitresses and bar patrons did not wear masks and were piled in the bar together

      1. thayer says:

        and the police had to enter the bar to make people leave

  2. ScottM says:

    There was no social distancing at the protests. I did hear some experts advise to wear masks but they definitely said nothing about the lack of social distancing? In fact they encouraged people to participate

  3. CYRUS says:

    You think your immune from the horrors of this disease even if you have it, and you may be right. But the person next to you, who just caught the disease from you, may struggle with it and possibly die. Do you really want this on your conscience?

    1. Betsy H says:

      Ask the protestors that. Ask Cuomo’s brother who was out while he was supposed to be in quarantine at the time. Ask Blasi that. Don’t care anymore really.

      1. thayer says:

        you’ll care when someone close to you gets it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        if you do not care then you will either get it or give it to someone- and what will you say- ” Don’t care anymore really”


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