Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the New York Democrat, threatened to take dramatic action after reports showed New Yorkers disobeying the state's coronavirus guidelines last weekend in hotspots in Manhattan and the Hamptons.
Cuomo was annoyed by photos that recently emerged that showed residents caring little about social-distancing guidelines and congregating at bars and restaurants.
“We’re not going to go back to that dark place because local governments didn’t do their job,” he said, according to Deadline. He continued, “I’m not going to allow situations to exist, that we know have a high likelihood of causing an increase in the virus. Local governments, do your job.”
Cuomo’s call comes after two days of where at least 200 people were caught partying in the city and the Hamptons. The New York Post reported that Cuomo said that he personally called a few bars and told them that they were “playing” with their [liquor] license.’”
There have been about 25,000 complaints about these violations in the city since the beginning of the pandemic.
Cuomo has been criticized over his treatment of the George Floyd protesters in the city and the protests held for businesses in the city to reopen. He told the reopen protesters “you have no right to jeopardize my health…and my children’s health and your children’s health.” But when it came to the Floyd protesters, he said he stands with those who disobey the state’s guidelines.
“Nobody is sanctioning the arson, and the thuggery and the burglaries, but the protesters and the anger and the frustration? Yes. Yes, and the demand is for justice.”
New York City is reportedly in Phase One of its reopening plan, the paper reported. Mayor Bill de Blasio said that he hopes that sometime in July, the city will enter its Phase Two, which would allow outdoor seating at restaurants.
Buck Sexton, the host of “The Buck Sexton Show,” called out Cuomo’s “flagrant, flagrant hypocrisy.”
“Social distancing was the most important one,” Sexton said. “Protests are massive and flagrant violations of social distancing.”
He continued, “Do you think that Gov. Cuomo has such condescending, smug words about social distancing when it comes to protests? Oh, of course not. Because the protests are important.”
Sexton said the protests in the city were able to rage on while businesses were not able to open, churches were essentially closed and funerals were required to be empty.
“What’s happening right now? These protests, they will achieve nothing. They’re all pretending they’re going to remake society, everything’s all better. Not. They’re making people angrier and angrier at each other.”