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Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Cuomo threatens to close ALL New York bars and restaurants if 'stupid' crowds and business owners continue to ignore social distancing rules despite hospitalizations reaching their lowest since March 18

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has threatened to reverse New York City's reopening plan and close all bars and restaurants because too many are allowing large groups to gather. 
The infection rate of people tested in New York City is now just 1.3 percent, with Brooklyn (0.9 percent) and Manhattan (1.1 percent) showing lower numbers than any other borough. Statewide 519 people tested positive - 1.05%  of 49,342 people.
Hospitalizations have fallen to their lowest since March 18 - 716 - and the three-day average of the number of people dying in the state every day is now 11. 
Despite the encouraging numbers, Cuomo says there are still too many young people, particularly in the city, flouting social distancing rules. 
They are 'reckless and stupid', he said, but the bar and restaurant owners who are allowing them to gather and the cops who are turning a blind eye to them are also to blame. 
Bars and restaurants in New York City were finally allowed to offer outdoor service on June 22 after an excruciating, 14-week closure that crippled the economy and put many out of business. Indoor dining is indefinitely postponed, due in part to the huge surge in cases being seen in other states where it was allowed to resume. 
NY Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday threatening to close all bars and restaurants
NY Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday threatening to close all bars and restaurants 
People at a bar in Buswick, Brooklyn, over the weekend, where people flouted social distancing rules
People at a bar in Buswick, Brooklyn, over the weekend, where people flouted social distancing rules
Steinway Street in Astoria was one of the areas Cuomo pointed out on Monday in his presentation
Steinway Street in Astoria was one of the areas Cuomo pointed out on Monday in his presentation

On Monday, Cuomo warned: 'We cannot allow those congregations to continue. 
'If it happens... I'll tell you what's going to happen. 
'We will have to roll back the bar and restaurant opening if the congregations continue, if the local governments don't stop it, that is what is going to happen. 
'One plus one still equals two,' he said.  
He showed photos of crowds at bars in Astoria, Queens, and on the Lower East Side as examples, but large gatherings have been seen all over the city.  
Bars and restaurants were allowed to resume outdoor dining on June 22. 
Many had been offering take-out throughout the pandemic which created a problem of people gathering in streets with drinks.
Last week, Cuomo tightened the rules. 
Now, anyone who sits down at an outdoor bar or restaurant must order food with their alcohol drinks. 
Hospitalizations are now at their lowest since March 19 - 716 people are hospitalized with COVID-19
Hospitalizations are now at their lowest since March 19 - 716 people are hospitalized with COVID-19
People gather in the East Village on Saturday outside a bar. The bars have been open since June 22 on an outdoor basis only, but they have been offering take-out drinks for months
People gather in the East Village on Saturday outside a bar. The bars have been open since June 22 on an outdoor basis only, but they have been offering take-out drinks for months 
While many have adhered to the rules strictly, others have flouted them. 
The White Horse Tavern in the West Village had its liquor license suspended for repeatedly violating social distancing rules. 
Others, like Lola Taverna in Soho, have been the subject of complaints from New Yorkers. 
Last week, a worrying number of 'mask-free pandemic parties' popped up all over the city. 

They were secretly promoted on WhatsApp and involved huge crowds of youngsters showing up at the parties to dance along to music by DJs. 
New York had by far the highest number of cases in the US at its worst in March and April. 
Now, as cases continue to soar in other states which were more relaxed in their approach to lockdown, Cuomo is taking his tactics to them to try to help. 
On Monday, he and a team of delegates departed for Georgia. 
His repeated boasts about flattening New York's curve has enraged conservatives who blame him for the initial surge in cases. 
The scene in Astoria over the weekend appeared to be more like  Miami Beach than Queens
The scene in Astoria over the weekend appeared to be more like  Miami Beach than Queens

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