Governor Cuomo announced a curfew for New York on June 1, following days of protests over the death of George Floyd and the ongoing spread of coronavirus. The curfew will be from 11 pm to 5 am on Monday June 1, nothing has been released for Tuesday, June 2.

“In New York City, I spoke with the mayor, there’s going to be a curfew in New York City that we think could be helpful. More importantly, there is going to be an increase in the force. There were about 4,000 officers on duty last night. There’ll be double that tonight, about 8,000,” Cuomo said in a radio interview.

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“I stand behind the protesters and their message, but unfortunately there are people who are looking to distract and discredit this moment,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement. “The violence and the looting has been bad for the city, the state and this entire national movement, undermining and distracting from this righteous cause. While we encourage people to protest peacefully and make their voices heard, the safety of the general public is paramount and cannot be compromised. Tonight the Mayor and I are implementing a citywide curfew starting at 11 p.m. and doubling the NYPD presence across the city.”

He also asked that protestors “be smart.” During a press conference, he also spoke about coronavirus and the protests, saying that protests “could potentially be infecting hundreds and hundreds of people, after everything that we have done.”

“We’re talking about reopening in one week in New York City and now we’re seeing these mask-less gatherings over the past several nights that could in fact exacerbate the COVID-19 spread,”  he added.

Read more about protecting yourself from coronavirus and the current protests. Check the CDC website for more information on how to protect yourself and check our latest article to learn how COVID-19 differs from the flu.

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