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Cuomo says NYPD needs to ‘step up’ and enforce rules for bars and restaurants

Gov. Cuomo slammed New York’s finest Saturday for not taking action against bars and restaurants that are ignoring coronavirus safety rules.

The governor said 27 Manhattan establishments got violations overnight out of a total 41 statewide.

“We need the NYPD to step up and do enforcement,” Cuomo said during a Saturday conference call with reporters.

The state Liquor Authority also suspended the licenses of seven bars and restaurants — three in Manhattan; three in Queens; and one on Staten Island, the governor said.

The names of businesses were not immediately available.

The NYPD did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The governor has cracked down on bars and restaurants that aren’t following social distancing, mask wearing and other rules, giving them a “three strikes and you’re closed” mandate.

Cuomo said there had been a record number of coronavirus tests yesterday in New York — 82,737 — with 753 people testing positive or 0.91 percent.

There were four COVID-19 deaths Friday and 581 people in the hospital with the bug.

The accounting came on the five-month anniversary of New York’s first COVID-19 case.


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