Thursday, June 1, 2023
Thursday, June 1, 2023

    New Yorkers Take to Times Square for First Concert Since March, Defying Gov. Cuomo’s Orders

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    New York has tossed all coronavirus social distancing measures out the window as thousands took to Times Square Saturday night for an apparent concert, footage reviewed by Your Content reveals.

    “I’m going to keep this in mind when Dumb & Dumber here in NYC tell us we can’t have large gatherings in our homes for Christmas.” declared one outraged New Yorker.

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    “This is a show going on right now in Times Square singing & dancing which is fine just don’t tell the rest of us we’re not allowed to do the same thing.”

    On November 19, the CDC deemed ‘going shopping in crowded stores just before, on, or after Thanksgiving’ as a high-risk activity. The CDC urged people to limit any in-person shopping, including at supermarkets. Instead, the health agency recommends shopping online, visiting outdoor markets or using curbside pickup, where workers bring orders to you in the parking lot.

    The concert-goers flooded the region despite New York City‘s COVID-19 checkpoints with police out ‘in force’ at bridges, crossings and bus stations to question Thanksgiving travelers from out of state. 

    Sheriff Joseph Fucito announced the measures in a joint press conference with Mayor Bill de Blasio Tuesday. 

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    Fucito said: ‘Sheriff teams will be out in-force as the holidays approach. There will be vehicle checkpoints at key bridges and crossings throughout New York City.

    ‘They will also be conducting checkpoints at curbside drop off bus stops – so, out-of-state buses coming into New York City, when they drop off at the curb, they will be met by sheriff teams.’ 

    The show comes after New York State recorded its deadliest day since May on Wednesday with 67 COVID-related deaths.

    The total is the highest since May 29, when 67 people also died. The number of daily deaths had hit a low of one on both August 30 and September 20, before cases and deaths began to climb again. 

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