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Cuomo calls on local governments to enforce COVID-19 regulations

Patrick Moussignac
Created: July 27, 2020 05:35 PM

NEW YORK (WHEC) — It's become an almost daily message from Gov. Andrew Cuomo. He's calling on local governments to stay on COVID-19 compliance at bars and restaurants.

We at News10NBC wanted to know what Monroe County is doing to help businesses comply with the state guidelines.

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Monroe County Executive Adam Bello says he hears and understands the frustrations coming from restaurant and bar owners who tell him they're doing their best to comply with the governor's mandates.  

"You're always going to have a few people though who aren't going to follow rules," Bello said. "I mean that's gonna happen anywhere. In almost any industry. In any circumstances. You're gonna have some people not following the rules."

Bello says the county continues to help with the distribution of PPE equipment to local small businesses to help them follow state rules. Although the call is for enforcement, Bello says education is still key and comes first.

"That's how we've approached this here, and I think that's worked, and the reason why I think that's worked is because our numbers are low. They're lower than a lot of places and around the state, and country and that wasn't always the case," Bello said.

As far as Gov. Cuomo, Bello says it's still up to all of us to make sure we're complying with the rules.

"At the end of the day if we can keep our numbers low where they are now we'll continue to stay open, and continue to have more openings in the future, but to do that we have to follow the rules," Bello said.

Gov. Cuomo's office says more than 100 violations were given statewide over the weekend. An additional 27 more were given to bars and restaurants in New York City alone.


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