'Autonomous' Staten Island bar in COVID orange zone refuses to stop serving people indoors

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A bar in Staten Island’s orange zone is refusing to stop serving people indoors—and now both the city and state are going after it.

Indoor dining isn’t allowed in the state’s orange zones, but Mac’s Public House in Grant City is still welcoming customers inside.

A sign on the door of the bar reads, “We hereby declare this establishment an AUTONOMOUS ZONE!”

Co-owner Keith McAlarney said he won’t back down despite a cease-and-desist order, daily fines of $1,000 and his liquor license getting revoked.

“If that liquor license is going to come off the wall, it’s going to be done by Cuomo. If you want to come down here and pull that license off the wall, or if ‘DeBozo,’ you want to come down here and pull that license off the wall, feel free to end up coming down and we’ll have a conversation,” McAlarney said in a YouTube video, referring to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The bar is now looking to skirt the COVID regulations by giving away food and drinks for free while asking for donations.

“I’m going to continue fighting for you and other small businesses,” McAlarney said in the YouTube video.

Co-owner Danny Presti is hoping to start a movement of sorts.

“We ask all businesses to learn your rights and make your stand. We must declare our independence from our tyrannical oppressors,” Presti said in another video.