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Law enforcement weighs in on new state COVID rules

Law enforcement discuss new coronavirus restrictions announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Posted: Nov 14, 2020 9:40 AM
Updated: Nov 16, 2020 2:58 PM

On Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced effective Friday at 10 p.m., Bars, restaurants, gyms, as well as any state liquor authority-licensed business, will be required to close from 10 p.m. To 5 a.m. daily.

The Governor also capping the maximum number of people per gathering to ten. This all coming after the state said Halloween parties and indoor gatherings caused the virus to spread across the area. 

Cuomo also discouraged large gatherings in homes for Thanksgiving. In terms of enforcing these new guidelines, Oneida County Sheriff Rob Maciol said the county has received little to no guidance regarding instructions for local law enforcement. On Wednesday, the Governor stating local municipalities will be in charge of enforcing these rules.

In terms of enforcing gathering limits inside your homes, Sheriff Maciol said it's not constitutionally possible to enforce.

"Do I expect my people to go into homes? Absolutely not. It won't be happening. We're not spying on anybody or looking in anybody's windows. We have zero authority to do that. I'm certainly not about to cross that line," said Maciol.

Maciol said public businesses such as bars, restaurants, and gyms are a different story. Maciol said the Oneida County Health Department can issue cease and desist orders or hand out fines to businesses that violate the health guidelines. The New York State Liquor Authority also has the power to immediately suspend a business's liquor license for serving after the 10 p.m. deadline.

The Madison County Sheriff's Office posted the following to its Facebook page:

There is no need to hide cars and sneak around during your attempt to gather with family. We are not going to exhaust our limited resources obtaining search warrants and counting the turkey eaters in your house.

We trust our Madison County residents will use their best judgment in keeping their friends, family, and loved ones safe during this time.

We have been receiving many questions regarding the 10 person limit Thanksgiving Executive Order in New York. ...

Posted by Madison County Sheriff's Office - NY on Monday, November 16, 2020

The new guidelines went into effect on Friday night at 10 p.m.

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