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Cuomo: Comply with health guidance on reopening or risk being shut down again

Governor Andrew Cuomo warned that if local governments are not enforcing social distancing guidance and public health orders, even as reopening happens.

The warning came the same day as New York saw its lowest amount of COVID-19 hospitalizations since March 20 and the lowest amount of lives lost, reporting 23 deaths.

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He said local government’s “failure to govern” will result in closures. Talking about the state’s reopening plan, Cuomo said he would reverse it in those areas that aren’t enforcing health orders.

“I’m going to reverse it in those areas that are not complying with the rules. I’m going to reverse it in those areas where local governments are not complying with the law,” Cuomo added.

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That warning was directed at Manhattan and the Hamptons, both of which have seen a rash of complaints about non-compliance.

Enforcement could become complicated for some municipalities across New York State as revenue streams run dry, and those are forced to make cuts. While he has called on the federal government to make states’ whole, there has been no suggestion that a deal is any closer to becoming reality than it was several weeks ago.

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