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Cuomo says NYPD needs to enforce social distancing rules


New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) called on the New York City police to do more to enforce social distancing measures, saying he may be forced to mandate social distancing by law.

Cuomo on Tuesday said young people are not abiding by social distancing guidelines, which is forcing him to consider drastic actions.

“The NYPD has to get more aggressive. Period. Period,” Cuomo said, referring to the New York Police Department.

“If you’re going to force me into a position where I have to mandate it, and make it a law, a social distancing law, which I think is absurd, but it has to be enforced,” Cuomo said. 

Cuomo said he is closing all the city’s playgrounds, because voluntary compliance did not work. He said he had been warning for weeks that playgrounds would be shut if people did not follow the social distancing guidelines to reduce density in the city.

“I’ve said this 100 different ways, but compliance is still not where it should be,” Cuomo said. 

“How reckless and irresponsible and selfish for people not to do it on their own? I mean, what else do you have to know? What else do you have to hear? Who else has to die for you to understand you have a responsibility in this?” he asked.

Cuomo said open spaces at local parks will remain open so people can get outside and exercise.

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