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Cuomo calls on NYPD to 'step up' in enforcing coronavirus regulations at bars

Cuomo calls on NYPD to 'step up' in enforcing coronavirus regulations at bars
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New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoDreaming of space exploration? You're better off riding bikes Cuomo likens COVID-19 to the Grinch: 'The season of viral transmission' For Thanksgiving, the Supreme Court upholds religious liberty MORE (D) is calling on the New York City Police Department (NYPD) to “step up” in enforcing coronavirus restrictions on bars and restaurants. 

The governor highlighted on a conference call with reporters the progress made in mitigating the spread of the virus, noting on Monday that the state had 435 New Yorkers hospitalized, a low that hasn't been reached since the start of the pandemic. But he said that bars and restaurants are still a “serious issue” in the state. 

“State Liquor Authority, State Police have been working on the bar and restaurant issue, which is a serious issue for us. They did 19 violations last night,” Cuomo said Monday. “Seven in the Bronx, one in Brooklyn, two in Manhattan, three in Queens and six in Suffolk. Again, New York City, we need the NYPD to step up.” 

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He said the local sheriff’s office has been helpful, but it's “relatively small” at about 150 people compared to the NYPD’s approximately 35,000 officers. 

“This is an enforcement issue. It's not an informational issue. People have the information. They know what they're supposed to be doing and what they're not supposed to be doing,” Cuomo said. “This is an enforcement issue, and I need the local governments and the local police departments to do the enforcement. It's that simple.”

Last month Cuomo, who has at times sparred with New York Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioLawyer who inspired ABC's 'For Life' to run for mayor of New York Rockefeller Center Christmas tree viewing limited to 5 minutes The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - Coast-to-coast fears about post-holiday COVID-19 spread MORE (D) over the handling of the pandemic, announced new regulations for bars and restaurants, including an initiative that will shut establishments down after they receive three violations. 

The state is only allowing alcohol to be served when patrons are also ordering and eating food, with only establishments that serve food permitted to serve alcohol. 

The Hill has reached out to the NYPD for comment.