NY Governor Cuomo says we’re not at the point of Rolling Back Indoor Dining Yet Due to COVID-19 Clusters…Local Government to Blame.
NY Governor Cuomo says that we are not yet at the point of rolling back any of the progress made through New York’s reopening process.
Questions have been raised lately on Indoor Dining (set to begin in NYC today) and the recent huge upticks in COVID-19 infections. It’s a question which has also been on the mind of yours truly. That is, whether to scale back indoor dining and/or any other reopenings at least in neighborhoods most affected.
As has been reported by Mayor Bill de Blasio, Governor Andrew Cuomo and leaders of state and local health departments, New Yorkers are witnessing COVID-19 clusters in parts of Brooklyn/Queens Borough as well as areas within Rockland and Orange County.
“We have a cluster problem caused by of lack of compliance … why was there a lack of compliance – because the local government failed to do its compliance job,” said the Governor yesterday. “If you do not now control and attack the cluster you have community spread. We’re not there yet … I don’t believe we’re at the point of rolling back anything.”
He added that if compliance was not carried out to control the clusters then we would be there (presumably at the point of closures) in the short term future.
Governor reiterated his sentiments on lack of compliance enforcement during today’s tele-press conference. He also stated that which he has mentioned in the past: the idea of issuing summonses to individuals found to be non-compliant with COVID-19 regulations.
For months, Mr. Cuomo has spoken about local governments’ failings where compliance enforcement is concerned.
Today he stated:
“So local government, enforce the law – if you are unwilling to enforce the law, I will enforce the law. I don’t have the numbers to do state-wide enforcement … I would need the local governments to assign a number of their police to the state police for a task force and then, I will enforce it with the task force – and I will ticket people who don’t wear masks – because that will save lives at this point. We know how to keep the infection rate down. We’re just not doing it in these clusters.”
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio yesterday spoke to the subject of fining non-compliant New Yorkers.
“One, anyone who is not wearing a face covering will be offered one, will be reminded it is required. And anyone who refuses to wear a face covering will be told that if they don’t put one on, they will be fined,” said the Mayor. “And anyone who is still refuses, will be fined. So, that will happen aggressively, clearly. Our goal, of course, is to give everyone a free face mask and get them to wear it. We don’t want to fine people. If we have to, we will, and that will be starting on a large scale today.”
During today’s press conference, the Mayor had more to say.
“400 plus police officers will be out in these communities, providing information, providing free masks, reminding people that they are required to wear masks. And obviously in the case where there is noncompliance, issuing summonses.”
“Yesterday, team distributed successfully thousands and thousands of masks. We saw good compliance when folks were encountered, when there was a discussion, we saw a very high level of compliance. No summonses were necessary yesterday. We would love to see that continue, but obviously prepared to issue summonses as needed.”