NY Mayor Bill De Blasio had a stern warning for establishments and New Yorkers violating social distancing rules.
“We’re not going to tolerate people starting to congregate. It’s as simple as that,” the mayor warned “If we have to shut places down, we will.”
Somewhat ironically, last month Yahoo reported de Blasio was caught walking almost 11 miles from his home in Manhattan at the weekend, whilst encouraging New Yorkers to snitch on neighbours not adhering to stay-at-home measures.
De Blasio was seen strolling through Prospect Park in Brooklyn with his wife, Chirlane McCray, on Saturday afternoon.
That came days after de Blasio closed a new coronavirus hotline that encouraged residents to ‘snitch’ on their neighbours over social distancing when New Yorkers instead sent prank messages to the service.
@NYCMayor no, I won't "give it a break." You don't get a break. We don't get a break.
You can't change the past & will always have blood on your hands.
If I were you, I'd be working night & day to help those in most dire need. Maybe start with your inadequate homeless services. pic.twitter.com/i71ulg7Hvl
— darren (@brooklyn_darren) April 25, 2020
“Seriously, you guys have a park. You live in a park,” said New Yorker Darren Goldner who confronted the mayor on Saturday.
“You don’t need to non-essentially travel to Brooklyn. Come on you won’t even open roads for people of all backgrounds. I’m not going to give it a break. This is selfish behaviour,” said Goldner.
In a video, de Blasio is seen waving dismissively at Goldner, who continued to berate the mayor for traveling 11 miles from his Upper East Side residence to Brooklyn in an SUV.
Per the Hollywood Reporter New Yorkers who flouted coronavirus restrictions for a weekend night on the town got the mayor’s wrath on Sunday.
Mayor Bill de Blasio admonished people seen crowding outside bars, many with drinks in hand but no masks on their faces, for putting lives in danger. Officials may go so far as to shut down establishments that are violating social distancing rules, de Blasio said, asking residents to call 311, the city’s non-emergency hotline, if they see this type of crowding.
Bars and restaurants in the city have been restricted to takeout and delivery service since mid-March, when coronavirus cases started to soar, but some in Manhattan were allowing people to dine and drink inside on Saturday.
“We’re not going to tolerate people starting to congregate. It’s as simple as that,” said the mayor. “If we have to shut places down, we will.”
After a rash of violent social distancing arrests involving people of color, the city eased up on social distancing enforcement this week by no longer having police officers breaking up small groups of people or confronting citizens about failing to wear a mask.
As the weather heats up, though, more and more New Yorkers are flocking to public spaces and familiar haunts for a sense of normalcy after spending most of the last two months cooped up inside — and not always policing themselves.
“If you start to form groups of people and then two, three, five and then it becomes six, it becomes 10, it becomes 15 — that violates what we’re saying about social distancing and that puts lives in danger,” de Blasio said.