New York has begun lifting coronavirus lockdowns and since both Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) have allowed the mass congregation of protesters in NYC for weeks now, many citizens of the city have apparently cast aside any pretense of following social distancing mandates in their regular lives.
This has infuriated Cuomo, who threatened to reverse reopening progress if people continue to violate lockdown and social distancing orders in the city.
“Lots of violations of social distancing, parties in the street, restaurants and bars ignoring laws,” Cuomo tweeted on Sunday, warning local leaders to “Enforce the law or there will be state action.”
New York City has entered the first phase of reopening. The city’s restaurants are now allowed to offer takeaway service but have been prohibited from allowing any kind of seating inside or outside their facilities. Gatherings are supposed to be limited to less than 10.
That hasn’t stopped New Yorkers, weary of being locked up in their houses, from partying in the streets in Manhattan and Long Island.
Cuomo declared that “we are not going back to that dark place,” referring to the peak of state’s pandemic, which took the lives of almost 31,000 New Yorkers.
“People send videos of these violations. They are rampant, and there’s not enough enforcement,” Cuomo continued. “[If] local governments are not monitoring policing, doing the compliance, yes, there is a very real possibility that we would roll back the reopening of those areas.”
Though Cuomo has dedicated much energy to excoriating New Yorkers that have opted to socialize outside their homes for the first time in months, he didn’t have anything to say about the large protest gatherings that have continued unchecked for over two weeks in NYC.