About 45 businesses in New York have had their liquor licenses suspended for "egregious violations" of coronavirus regulations, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office announced in a statement on Tuesday, including 12 suspensions over the weekend in New York City.
Over 100 business have been cited for violations – which can carry a fine of up to $10,000, according to the statement.
A multi-agency task force conducted 644 compliance checks on Monday night and observed 26 additional violations, Cuomo's office says.
"New Yorkers have worked hard to flatten the curve, but the bars and restaurants that ignore public health guidance are disrespecting their sacrifices which have saved lives while allowing us to sustain the reopening of our economy," Cuomo said in the statement.
State Liquor Authority Chair Vincent Bradley said the SLA will continue to suspend licenses of those "who jeopardize lives" by violating the governor's executive order.
"Our communities, as well as the majority of restaurant and bar owners and staff, have endured great sacrifices to bend the curve, and the SLA will not hesitate to take immediate action against those who threaten the progress our state has made," Bradley said in the statement.