‘3 violations and you’re closed’: Cuomo threatens bars and businesses that violate COVID rules

By Mary Rose Corkery

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an order Thursday that will shutter any bar or restaurant after three violations of coronavirus restrictions.

As part of the “Three Strikes And You’re Closed” initiative, any bar or restaurant in New York City will be closed down after three violation warnings, Cuomo said Thursday, according to a transcript.

If a bar or restaurant’s violations are “egregious,” the business will lose its liquor license, Cuomo said.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

“It’s wrong. It’s dangerous. It’s selfish. It’s unacceptable,” Cuomo said of violating restrictions placed on businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s also illegal, so today beginning in New York City we’re going to enact a ‘three strikes and you’re closed’,” Cuomo said.

“Any establishment that receives three violations will be closed for business. Egregious violations can still result in an immediate loss of a liquor license but three violations and you’re closed,” Cuomo continued.

Cuomo ordered that bars and restaurants in the whole state may only serve alcohol to people who order and eat from the establishment, according to Fox News. Bar services are only allowed for seated patrons, according to the governor’s press release.

New York already requires bars to have food options for customers, according to the governor’s office. “(Existing) law requires any establishment serving alcohol to make food available to customers. This changes that to alcohol can only be served when food is also ordered,” Cuomo spokesman Jonathan Sterne told the Daily Caller News Foundation in an email.

Anyone who observes violations of the new rules can report and send in pictures of potential violations to the state liquor board, the press release noted.

New York Republican Rep. Will Barclay criticized Cuomo’s “3 Strikes And You’re Out” order, saying it “isn’t helpful” to bars and restaurants, Fox reported.

“We need to ensure public health is protected, but threatening closures isn’t helpful,” Barclay told Fox.

“This is the time to be working with businesses — not against them,” Barclay said.

As of Friday morning, there were 409,476 coronavirus cases in New York state, according to The New York Times coronavirus tracker. Cuomo will announce Friday if New York can enter phase 4 of coronavirus recovery, according to the governor’s press release.

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6 thoughts on “‘3 violations and you’re closed’: Cuomo threatens bars and businesses that violate COVID rules

  1. New York has gone off the rails to such a stunning degree, that I really can’t see having New Yawkers moving up here as a positive thing.
    They have just really destroyed their state and move to flee the mess they made.
    The crime in NYC is off the charts now.

    NYC was the most dangerous city in America before Rudy got in there and cleaned things up.
    It painfully clear that the low info voters have decided that going right back there to that will be a good thing!
    I feel like we are looking at insanity.

  2. Innocent until proven guilty has been thrown out the window….let’s instill fear, control and threats across our nation.

    How can you jail healthy people, we’ve become complete morons. Our educational system clearly has failed if the American public buys any of this garbage.

  3. Business owners are now treated as a criminal offense.

    Welcome to what it’s like to operate and function in a socialist country, this is only a small taste.

    They have a plan, it is to totally create havoc and unrest, they can “win” the election by stuffing harvesting ballots, cripple the nation, change all the algorithms in the likes of facebook, google, twitter etc. along with complete manipulation of mainstream media until they have complete control. They may have to call in their buddies at the United Nations to quell the unrest, there by placing those they wish from the new world order to run our country. They’ve used a similar plan in many countries.

    This is what makes our country so special and unique, we are free from these leaches.

    See video below….common knowledge to many in the know….


    • What makes our country special and unique is that there are roughly 700 million or so firearms (I personally think that’s low-balling it) in private, and I must stress the word PRIVATE, hands. Plus trillions of rounds of ammo. Trillions.

      And despite the constant onslaught of propaganda by Big Tech, there are a lot more people out there that “get it” and won’t “go along”. Hence why every comments section on virtually every other “news” outlet is being kiboshed. See the latest VTDigger move.

      But to quibble: we’re hardly free of leaches. Quite the contrary.

        • No crazy magazine limits either, and they’re more than happy to sell to anyone with CASH.

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