NEW YORK — As New York state continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, and new restrictions heavily impacting the restaurant and nightlife industries, the governor's office said Wednesday 57 establishments have so far had liquor licenses suspended due to violations of pandemic-related executive orders statewide.
On Tuesday night, violations were observed at 29 establishments in all five boroughs as well as Suffolk County, state officials said, with the majority of them taking place in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
By Wednesday, 12 new locations had their liquor licenses suspended, bringing the statewide total to 57.
To date, the state said Wednesday 534 charges have been filed in total.
"When we talk about local compliance efforts and local government efforts, obviously we have more to do there," Cuomo said Tuesday.
The group "Hospitality Cares" said Tuesday these businesses are being punished for things they can't control.
"We cannot leave our establishment, walk 100 feet away and tell people that they need to wear a mask, that they need to socially distance. Because that's not their job," Hospitality Care's Fernando Mateo said.
The businesses have been cited for large gatherings outside while people in those large groups consuming beverages. Other violations include not abiding by social distancing protocols and staffers not wearing face coverings.
Businesses found in violation of COVID-19 regulations could also face fines of up to $10,000 per violation.