As maskless Dems mix and mingle, a NYC bar owner is hauled to the hoosegow and his saloon shut for flouting Covid rules
Conservatives are often ripped for failing to take COVID-19 seriously, or not seriously enough, and thus putting everyone else at risk.
But why should they, when liberals demonstrate that their own demands for coronavirus restrictions, such as mask mandates, social distancing and lockdowns, are utterly hollow?
In New York City last month, the Daily News busted two prominent Democrats – Deputy Brooklyn Borough President Ingrid Lewis-Martin and Carlo Scissura, head of a construction trade association called the New York Building Congress – for, as NY1 put it, “attending a crowded party flouting public safety restrictions that currently prevent people from gathering as the city’s rate of coronavirus infections continues to steadily increase.” The pair mingled “in a crowd where no one appeared to be wearing masks.”
Lewis-Martin and Scissura, who was celebrating his birthday at the bash, publicly apologized for not setting good examples and apparently went on their merry way.
The same could not be said for Danny Presti, co-owner of Mac’s Public House, a Staten Island saloon.
According to the local NBC affiliate, the bar had “declared itself an ‘autonomous zone’ and publicly went against New York’s COVID-19 restrictions.” As a consequence, Mac’s Public House was shuttered and Presti arrested after sheriff’s deputies on Tuesday spied on its clientele, watching 14 people inside the bar eating and drinking alcoholic drinks after a 10 p.m. curfew, the borough’s sheriff’s office said. The bar’s liquor license also was suspended and the owners face a $1,000 fine for each day they flouted the rules.
The bar owner who opened his business, declaring it an “autonomous zone”, was just arrested.
Welcome to NYC where you can get arrested for opening a business but not for looting one!
— Andrea Catsimatidis (@AJ_Cats_) December 2, 2020
NBC reported that the bar was in an “orange zone,” within which indoor dining is banned.
City officials issued a statement, saying “COVID-19 doesn’t respect autonomous zones, and neither does the Sheriff. There are consequences for endangering your neighbors in a pandemic.”
Keith McAlarney, the other co-owner, told NBC the pub needed to stay open so employees could pay their bills and feed their families.
“If you’re gonna let the big companies do it, you should have found a way to let small businesses be able to do it too,” he said, noting that he doesn’t oppose mask mandates or distancing requirements.
McAlarney added that there was a silver lining to this matter: the support he has received from well-wishers, which he characterized as “overwhelming.”
Among them was Andrea Catsimatidis, chairwoman of the Manhattan Republican Party, who tweeted about the controversy: “The bar owner who opened his business, declaring it an ‘autonomous zone,’ was just arrested. Welcome to NYC where you can get arrested for opening a business but not for looting one!”
Is it any wonder that people are fleeing from New York, where cops are told to stand down as rioters riot and looters loot, where taxes go up as businesses are shut down. and where religious people are told their churches, synagogues and mosques must remain empty to “stop the spread” while the streets are teeming with BLM and Antifa protesters and Joe Biden supporters?