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Young people at bars are ‘a threat’ to reopening, New York Gov. Cuomo says

Groups of young people at bars might be a risk to reopening in New York

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In this May 27, 2020, file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington. Cuomo said on Saturday, June 18, 2020 that the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in New York state dropped to 743 and 11 more people had died.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington on May 27, 2020.

Jacquelyn Martin, Associated Press

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that groups of young people visiting New York bars and restaurants might be “a threat” to the state reopening.

Cuomo said authorities need to increase enforcement of the state’s mandates and stop people from crowding at the bars, according to CNBC.

He said New York might roll back reopening phases, leading to restaurants and bars closing.

He said: “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.”

Cuomo said his office has received tips of close to 700 people drinking in an open space, which is also a violation of the state’s open container law. Large groups have met in Astoria, Queens and Manhattan, he said, according to CNBC.

“Bars and restaurants are the problem, and it doesn’t need to be because it’s not just the bars and the restaurants.”

Cuomo said last week that restaurants who violate these policies three times face potential closures. Local law enforcement, he said, needs to enforce the social distancing guidelines.

“The police department is not there to inform them of mask compliance. Police departments have to enforce the law. That is the only line between anarchy and civilization. They have to enforce the law and they’re not,” Cuomo said Monday, according to Reuters.

New York has seen hospitalizations fall to its lowest level at 716 on Sunday. Infection rate hovers around 1% in the state, per Reuters.

New York City has moved into phase 4 of reopening, which includes zoos, according to Reuters. The governor delayed reopening indoor service for restaurants and bars though.

Public officials have warned Americans to avoid bars during the coronavirus pandemic, as I wrote about for Deseret.com. Bars have reportedly become dangerous hot spots for infection in many areas, experts said. In fact, health officials have linked at least 100 cases to bars.

“Public health experts say that the long nights, lack of inhibitions and shoulder-to-shoulder confines inside so many bars — a source of community and relaxation in normal times — now make them ideal breeding grounds for the coronavirus. Now it is closing time — again,” The New York Times reported.