Cuomo takes tougher stance on businesses that don't follow reopening rules

Jun 19, 2020

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is warning businesses not to jump ahead on the state's methodical reopening plan.

He signed an executive order Thursday giving state authorities the power to immediately revoke the liquor licenses of establishments that don't follow rules on social distancing.

Some New York City shops have already been allowing patrons inside, in violation of rules that until Monday only allow curbside pickup of merchandise.

"Where people follow the rules, the infection rate stays down. That's called good news,'' Cuomo said.

The rest of New York state (including the Western New York region) is farther along in the reopening process than New York City, where the virus has killed more than 22,000 people, according to city health officials.

Cuomo said nearly 1,400 people remained hospitalized for the coronavirus in the state. On Wednesday, 29 deaths were blamed on COVID-19 - a fraction of the 700-plus daily deaths the state recorded in mid-April.

In a turnaround from the early days of the outbreak when some other states sought to keep New Yorkers from entering, Cuomo said he is considering requiring a 14-day quarantine for people traveling to New York from Florida, where COVID-19 cases are rising.

"I'm considering it now," he said. "In some ways, you want to talk about a full 180.''