Cuomo Announces ‘Strike System’ for Stricter Enforcement of Social Distancing at NYC Bars

Posted on: July 17th, 2020 at 5:02 am by

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New York State is getting tough with bars and restaurants not playing ball.

Governor Cuomo yesterday announced stricter enforcement of social distancing and mask wearing in the wake of hundreds of complaints citywide regarding non-compliance with mandates. Indeed, the state is now instituting a “strike system” for the city’s nightlife, effective immediately. Operators will be issued three strikes before the state can shut down the premises.

Those bars and restaurants that are cited for “egregious violations” could have their liquor licenses immediately revoked before the third strike. Adding insult to injury, the State Liquor Authority will also publicly post the names and locations of establishments found to be in violation — though the governor’s office did not specify where this information would be available.

What spurred this response?

Cuomo said in the press conference yesterday that state officials investigated more than 5,000 restaurants and bars — mostly downstate and in the city — and uncovered “widespread lack of compliance” with social-distancing orders. Including the iconic White Horse Tavern (under new ownership of ex-con landlord Steve Croman).

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