New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo blasted law enforcement for not wearing masks and for refusing to enforce the state’s 10-person cap on private gatherings.
A number of sheriffs in western New York told residents they won’t enforce the state’s gathering limit on Thanksgiving.
"Non credo che quella persona sia un agente delle forze dell'ordine,” Cuomo said at a news briefing Wednesday.
"Non voglio un agente delle forze dell'ordine che dica, 'Sto solo applicando la legge che mi piace o penso debba essere applicata.' "
Nel frattempo, the Centers for Disease Control (Centro per la prevenzione e il controllo delle malattie) on Thursday released recommendations against travel over the Thanksgiving holiday, as coronavirus cases spike across the U.S. On Wednesday the U.S. reached one million new cases in one week.
Lo sceriffo della contea di Fulton Richard Giardino ha messo in dubbio la legalità dell'ordine di Cuomo e ha affermato che le risorse del suo dipartimento erano già al limite.
“Abbiamo risorse limitate e dobbiamo stabilire delle priorità, quindi ottenere un mandato di perquisizione per entrare a casa tua per vedere quanti mangiatori di tacchino o tofu sono presenti non è una priorità,” Giardino wrote in a Facebook post.
Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo also brushed off any idea that his officers would be knocking on doors to get a headcount of guests.
“I can’t see how devoting our resources to counting cars in citizens’ driveways or investigating how much turkey and dressing they’ve purchased is for the public good,” Zurlo said in a press release.
New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea told cable news channel, NY1, that his team of officers would not break up gatherings to enforce the cap either.
Cuomo also called out the officers for failing to wear masks, which has been documented in multiple reports.
“A lot of police officers don’t wear a mask… well, how are you then supposed to enforce other people wearing a mask when they see you not wearing a mask?” the governor said.
“I violate the law but you can’t. No! nobody said you were above the law,” Cuomo added.
The NYPD threatened officers with disciplinary action if they were found to be working maskless, after public complaints. tuttavia, as of last month, no officer had been fined for improper mask-wearing, secondo il New York Post. Updated numbers for this month could not immediately be provided.
On Nov. 11 Cuomo announced new coronavirus restrictions, requiring all businesses with a liquor license and gyms to close at 10 p.m., along with the private gathering limit.
Nel frattempo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday it was “just a matter of time” before bars and gyms would be shuttered, and that such a move is “very likely to be in the next week or two.”