NEW YORK (AP) - New York City moved to what was supposed to be the final phase of its coronavirus reopening Monday, but with indoor service at restaurants and bars still banned, malls and museums shuttered and theaters still dark amid concerns about the virus spreading indoors.
Phase four of the city’s reopening does allow more outdoors arts and reaction activities to open. Professional sports teams can also resume play without fans.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, though, said the city wasn't ready for indoor nightlife. He called on local governments Monday to dispatch police to disperse crowds that have been gathering outside some bars and restaurants offering outdoor dining.
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Cuomo said enforcement is an ongoing issue across the state.
"It is a problem in New York City, it's a problem in places on Long Island, it's a problem with places upstate," he said.
He called on local agencies to increase efforts to ensure compliance with executive orders.
"To the local governments, I've said repeatedly that the local governments are in charge of compliance and enforcement," said Cuomo. "If young people are going to come out and do something stupid, the local governments have to enforce the law. That's how it works in life. And the police department has to enforce the law. And they are not doing it. And that is their job and they have to do it."
While most businesses are complying with state mandates, Cuomo said the state will have no choice but to roll back reopening if the rules are not enforced.
"Most restaurants and bars are complying, they're going through a very tough economic situation, but they're living by the rules," he said. "The bad ones who are exploiting the situation and breaking the law, by the way, this is not just morality, they're breaking the law, are going to make it bad for everyone. The local governments are not doing their job. We cannot allow those congregations to continue. If it happens, I'll tell you what's going to happen. We're going to have to roll back the opening plan. And we're going to have to close bars and restaurants."