Cuomo: Protesters Have ‘Civic Duty’ To Get Virus Tested

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June 4, 2020 - Albany, NY - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo provides updates on protests following George Floyd’s death and the coronavirus during a press conference in the Red Room at the State Capitol. (Mike Groll/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The thousands of people protesting the death of George Floyd have a “civic duty” to be tested for the coronavirus and help New York avoid a spike in new cases as it slowly restarts its economy, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday.

There’s widespread concern that people packing in tightly for demonstrations, sometimes without faces coverings, could lead to more COVID-19 cases. Cuomo was particularly concerned about daily mass demonstrations in New York City, which is poised to relax some economic restrictions amid an intense, months-long effort to tame the outbreak.

“If you were at a protest, go get a test, please,” Cuomo said at his daily briefing. “The protesters have a civic duty here also. Be responsible, get a test.”

Protests have continued around New York despite state rules against gatherings of more than 10 people.

Regions of the state outside of New York City have begun phasing in economic activity amid progress in slowing the spread of the virus. Fewer people are being hospitalized statewide for COVID-19 and the daily death toll was 52 on Wednesday, compared for almost 800 at the peak of the outbreak.

The city is set to begin the first phase of its reopening Monday, which allows curbside retail, construction and manufacturing.

“New York City had the highest number of protesters,” Cuomo said. “We have to be smart.”

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10 COMMENTS

  1. This idiot Coumo lives in “la la land”.
    These protestors have a “civic duty” to get tested
    How about a “civic duty” to behave – not loot, not steal, not do damage, listen to the police?
    This guy is off-the-wall that it can make you cry
    The ruin he has caused will last with us for years.
    Sure – he will blame Trump.
    IDIOT

  2. Wasted words to the wasted.
    The looters do not see past their next crime, they probably don’t even know who Cuomo is, let alone hear him speak.
    The other demonstrators are a group that cares only about themselves and their issue of the moment and will not comply.

    • You are 100% correct.
      The issue is not the looters – it’s a Governor that should know better to ask looters to do civic duty
      Coumo is 100% nuts or 100% evil

  3. But braking up Jewish funerals disrupting boro park and blaming Jews is fine
    Moron the city is raked will it recover how much tax dollars where lost
    Try tens of millions boro and the blown in Albany should be recalled

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