New York’s seemingly authoritarian Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) further pushed himself into movie-level bad guy territory by proclaiming more Chinese coronavirus edicts on the people of his state.
On Wednesday, Cuomo ordered it mandatory that restaurants, bars and gyms close by 10 p.m. every night. The governor also stated that New Yorkers will also be prohibited from “hosting private gatherings with more than 10 people,” according to the Associated Press (AP).
The AP reported:
The new restrictions will have to be enforced by local governments, including by the police in New York City, Cuomo said. He said that after 10 p.m., “If the lights are on and people are drinking, they get a summons.”
Even without the early closing time, restaurateurs have complained that the restrictions make it difficult to stay in business. But Cuomo said further restrictions, including limiting restaurants to opening at 25% capacity across the state, may be necessary if COVID-19 numbers continue to rise.
Cuomo kind of only has himself to blame for New York's rising numbers since he’s been personally micro-managing the crisis with kid gloves since his nursing home debacle back in March.
As the New York Post reported in June, Cuomo made the decision on March 25 “to force nursing homes to accept known COVID-positive patients while also prohibiting homes from even testing patients for COVID-19 prior to admission.”
That policy ended up costing thousands of people their lives, and Cuomo has denied accountability ever since.