New York Governor Andrew Cuomo spoke out on Thursday to warn people against celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends who are outside of their immediate households.
“It’s your family. It’s your home. It’s your table. These are all environments where you feel safe, and that is the beauty of Thanksgiving,” Cuomo said in an audio recording released yesterday.
“I’m at home with my family. I’m in my safe zone,” he added. “Your safe zone is not your safe zone. Your safe zone is dangerous this year. Please. Love is sometimes doing what’s hard. This year, if you love someone, it is smarter and better to stay away.”
Love is sometimes doing what’s hard.
The safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is with your immediate household only. pic.twitter.com/nBEviXnZ8P
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) November 19, 2020
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Cuomo also addressed the fact that various sheriffs in his state have said that they will not be enforcing his new coronavirus restrictions, which include not allowing more than ten people in private homes.
“The rules are only as good as the enforcement. Local governments are in charge of enforcement. There are only two fundamental truths in this situation: It’s individual discipline, and it’s government enforcement. Period. End of sentence,” Cuomo said. “I need the local governments to enforce this.”
The Democrat then directly addressed Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino, who had been the first New York sheriff to openly refuse to enforce his order.
“I don’t believe that person is a law enforcement officer,” said Cuomo.“I don’t want a law enforcement officer who says, ‘I’m only enforcing the law that I like or think should be enforced.'”
This came after Giardino said that Cuomo “does not have the authority … to go crashing into your house because of an executive order.”
“In the spirit of cooperation and conciliation, I offer the governor to come to Fulton County and do a ride along on Thanksgiving Day for an hour with us and we can stop at some houses where there’s multiple cars and he can show us how we are supposed to approach people and counting your numbers,” the fed-up sheriff stated.