Coronavirus Updates: Gov. Cuomo says New York to start 'direct enforcement' in hot spot ZIP codes

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NEW YORK (WABC) -- "Direct enforcement" of businesses in the high-risk cluster areas will begin Monday by New York state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday during his teleconference briefing.

Cuomo said the action will be similar to the state's enforcement of bars and restaurants.

"Local businesses that are in violation of the law will be fined and can be closed, just like the bars and restaurants," Cuomo said. "If there are business violating the gathering rules, they can be fined and they will be closed. You know the state is serious because they can look back at what we did with bars and restaurants. They were fined and they were closed when they are in violation, and it was highly effective."

Cuomo also said there isn't enough testing being conducted in schools in the hot spot zip codes, and the state can step in and do more if necessary.

"If you look at the districts and you look at the districts in the hot spot zip codes, you see very few tests," he said. "I'm saying to the districts in the hot spot zip codes, you need to do more tests more quickly in those schools in those hot spot zip codes because they can be a transmission point. If the local governments have any issue with doing more tests in those schools, contact the state. We can help you, we can even do it for you...but we want additional tests, right away, starting tomorrow, in those schools."

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