ALBANY (WCBS 880) — Over 200 businesses have now had their liquor licenses suspended statewide for violating coronavirus restrictions, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.
This week, the governor’s office announced they had conducted more than 4,500 compliance checks at businesses throughout the state and 33 establishments had their liquor license suspended for "egregious violations of coronavirus-related regulations."
A total of 22 businesses in New York City had their licenses revoked during the week.
Queens saw the largest number of violations with 12 businesses being issued violations. Manhattan had six, Brooklyn had 2 and the Bronx and Staten Island each had one.
On Long Island, Suffolk County had three violations and Nassau had one.
"New Yorkers have worked together to stop the spread of coronavirus -- but with our infection rate hovering around 1 percent and the threat of a second wave on the horizon, we must double down on the successful strategies that have helped us over the last six months," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. "While it is clear the increased enforcement by our task force has made an impact, we cannot let ourselves become complacent or allow those coming from other states to import indifference for these critical public health rules. This action should serve as a reminder to the small number of establishments who openly flout the rules that they are putting all New Yorkers at risk, and they will be held accountable."
A total of 201 businesses’ liquor licenses were suspended as of Friday and 1,084 charges have been filed and processed.
State Liquor Authority Chair Vincent Bradley says the crackdown has led to more compliance across the state.
“We will continue to crack down on the small number of businesses that continue to operate in violation of the law and common sense -- risking both New Yorkers' health and our continued progress,” he said.