New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is signing two executive orders to help enforce social distancing rules and regulations as the state, and New York City, continue to reopen. On Thursday, Cuomo cited the two biggest issues statewide: Compliance by people and enforcement by local government.
The first executive order will allow the State Liquor Authority (SLA) to immediately suspend alcohol licenses if bars or restaurants are violating the rules. For other businesses violating the rules, they could have an immediate shut down order.
The second executive order makes bars responsible for the area immediately in front of their premises including the sidewalk and SLA can enforce this.
“The state cannot do enforcement on these local issues all across the state. I would, we don’t have enough people. SLA doesn’t have enough investigators. We need the local governments to do their part,” Cuomo said Thursday.
The governor said he wants to help ensure there is not a slide back and people don’t get careless.