A shocking video has emerged showing patrons drinking inside a Long Island bar over the weekend, appearing to ignore all social distancing rules amid coronavirus lockdowns.
The owners of the Dublin Deck Tiki Bar and Grill in Patchogue were forced to apologize after footage showed the venue packed full of people on Friday. Suffolk County police responded but no summonses were issued.
‘Everybody decided to run inside out of the rain and they overwhelmed us. It was that simple. It has never happened before and it will never happen again’, co-owner Frank Mills told Newsday.
Meanwhile, Memorial Day weekend got off to a rainy start in New York City, but that wasn’t enough to keep stir-crazy residents inside.
Dozens of people were seen congregating outside bars and restaurants in the Big Apple on Saturday to kick off the three-day weekend as many grow increasingly weary of isolating inside their homes.
Public drinking is strictly prohibited in the state and offenders can be slapped with fines, but the pandemic has sparked a defiance among many residents who – unable to sit inside their favorite watering holes – are setting up shop on sidewalks.
More restaurants and bars have started reopening with takeout beers and cocktails in recent weeks as a way to keep the lights on as New York City has not yet met all the requirements necessary for a safe reopening of non-essential businesses.
The city has recorded more than 195,000 coronavirus cases and an estimated 21,216 deaths to date, but numbers have been steadily declining as the weather warms up.
The owners of the Dublin Deck Tiki Bar and Grill in Patchogue were forced to apologize after footage showed the venue packed full of people on Friday; Suffolk County police responded but no summonses were issued
‘Everybody decided to run inside out of the rain and they overwhelmed us. It was that simple. It has never happened before and it will never happen again’, the bar’s co-owner Frank Mills said
Drinkers are seen outside Elio’s Italian restaurant on the Upper East Side as stir-crazy New Yorkers braved cloudy, rainy weather at the start of Memorial Day weekend
Patrons pushed down their masks as they enjoyed drinks with friends on the sidewalk outside LOULOU in Chelsea
In Long Island – where bars and restaurants remain takeout only – footage emerged of the Dublin Deck Tiki Bar and Grill on Friday.
Crowds stand close to one another, without masks, and appear to drink inside the establishment.
Apologizing on their Facebook page, the bar owners wrote: ‘We apologize to anyone who may have been offended by the videos that surfaced. We assure you it was not intended and will not happen again.
‘We are looking forward to being able to allow guests to take their ‘to-go’ orders to a table on-site to enjoy while still practicing social distancing. But until that time we will remain ‘to-go’ only and do our best to ensure that our guests follow stricter guidelines and do not gather.’
People drink and socialize outside bars in the East Village, New York, during the coronavirus pandemic
New Yorkers out grabbing food and drink in East Village on Sunday
People drink and socialize outside bars in the East Village, New York, on Sunday
People grab drinks outside a cafe in the East Village on Sunday afternoon
People drinking outside a bar in the East Village on Sunday afternoon as New Yorkers try to get back to some form of normality
New Yorkers sip on drinks outside a bar in the East Village on Sunday as lockdown restrictions saw some easing
Co-owner Frank Mills added: ‘Everybody hunkered down. We did what we were supposed to do.’
Suffolk County police said in a statement: ‘We are taking reports of noncompliance very seriously and is following up throughout this weekend with Dublin Deck, other locations in Patchogue and other downtowns in our jurisdiction.
‘As we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, the department asks for continued cooperation from Suffolk County businesses and residents, and asks people to adhere to the guidelines outlined by New York State.’
Some appeared to be ignoring social distancing guidelines as they congregated in front of bars open for takeout service
The party continued after sundown at some bars like Benson’s NYC in Lower Manhattan (pictured)
Patrons shotgun beers outside Benson’s NYC, where a constant queue was seen throughout the day on Saturday
A group of people sip cocktails and beers outside Augurs Well on St Marks Place in the East Village
For some New Yorkers the global health crisis seemed to be a distant memory while they enjoyed a drink with friends outside bars amid cloudy, rainy weather on Saturday.
Photos showed people with their state-mandated masks pushed down around their necks as they sipped beverages from plastic cups outside popular haunts like Elio’s Italian restaurant on the Upper East Side, Jasper’s Taphouse in Hell’s Kitchen and LOULOU in Chelsea.
Some groups appeared to be ignoring social distancing guidelines as they huddled together, never straying too far from the takeout table for easy access to refills.
The party continued after sundown as constant queues were seen outside bars like Benson’s NYC in Lower Manhattan.
A masked bartender pours cocktails at the edge of Anejo Mexican restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen
Staff at Fiddlesticks Pub & Grill in Greenwich Village set up tables selling batch cocktails for patrons to take home
A substantial crowd was photographed outside Elio’s on Friday afternoon
A steady stream of people stopped by Jasper’s Taphouse on Saturday, many of them staying close to get refills
Friends toast small cups of cocktails as they shelter from the rain outside Jasper’s on Saturday
Friends chat and drink on the sidewalk outside Empellon Al Pastor in Midtown on Saturday evening
A few parents brought their children with them to meet friends outside bars like Benson’s (pictured)
Many food and drink establishments that shuttered when the outbreak ramped up across the state and when the stay-at-home order was issued are now reopening for takeout service, as the lockdown rumbles on and they seek new ways to keep their businesses afloat.
The restaurant and bar industry has been hardest hit by the pandemic, with stark data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and collated by the National Restaurant Association revealing that a staggering six million restaurant workers have lost their jobs during the pandemic.
Three decades of restaurant jobs have been lost in two months and industry employment has fallen to its lowest level since 1989.
In New York City alone, lockdown has thrown the jobs of more than 150,000 people working in restaurants and bars into jeopardy.
Experts have predicted that one in four restaurants will go out of business as a result of the weeks-long lockdown measures put in place by the majority of US states to stop the spread of COVID-19.
New York restaurants and bars were first shuttered more than nine weeks ago on March 16, with the exception of staying open for takeout service.
As the weather warms up more businesses are reopening for takeout as they wait for Governor Andrew Cuomo to allow dine-in service to resume.
A crowd remained outside Benson’s well after the sun went down and the temperature dropped
A man is seen holding takeout pizzas and sipping a beer as he chats with friends outside Benson’s
WHAT DOES NYC NEED TO DO TO REOPEN?
Cuomo’s requirements for each of the regions of the state are as follows:
- 14-day decline in hospitalizations
- 14-day decline in deaths
- New hospitalizations under two per 100,000 residents
- 30 percent of hospital beds free
- 30 percent of ICU beds free
- 30 tests per 1,000 residents
- 30 contact tracers per 100,000 residents
Based on Cuomo’s requirements New York City meets four of the seven requirements.
It falls short on hospital beds where it stands at 28 percent as of Saturday, ICU beds where it stands at 26 percent and contact tracers (number unknown).
De Blasio announced new ‘indicator thresholds’ for reopening the city Friday:
- Daily hospital admissions below a threshold of 200
- Number of patients in ICU patients below a threshold of 375
- New cases below a 15 percent threshold
Based on these requirements New York City meets two of the three thresholds but is above threshold on the number of ICU patients, with de Blasio announcing there were 471 patients as of Friday.
New York City is expected to remain closed at least until mid-June, while officials caution that a true reopening could not happen until the fall.
At his news briefing on Saturday, Cuomo discussed his decision to allow up to 10 people to attend ceremonies honoring America’s military veterans on Memorial Day, warning that social distancing and face masks should be part of any plans to get together.
‘It depends on how people act. You can have a safe gathering of 10 people. You can also have a wholly unsafe gathering of 10 people,’ Cuomo said.
While New Yorkers brave the ongoing lockdown, residents in other states are enjoying newfound freedom as more and more restrictions are rolled back.
Crowds gathered on the boardwalk of Brooklyn, Coney Island on Sunday, with many not wearing mask and not social distancing. People can be seen touching and talking within feet of each other
Hundreds stroll across the boardwalk at Coney Island beach on the Memorial Day weekend
A woman with a Stars and Stripes placed in the sand before her sits on the sand as beaches remained closed for swimming at Coney Island on Sunday
People are seen at Coney Island beach on Sunday – New York has been the worst affected US state by a long shot and the populace were less keen to head out than some of their compatriots across the US on Memorial Day Weekend
A group of youngsters riding their bikes over Coney Island boardwalk in Brooklyn on Sunday as the summer got into swing amid the coronavirus pandemic
A young man wearing a protective face mask rides his bicycle along a busy Coney Island boardwalk during the current coronavirus outbreak on Sunday. No swimming was allowed and social distancing reminders were abundant on the beach
A man holding a pink parasol smiles in Sheep Meadow, Central Park on Sunday, as New Yorkers headed out to celebrate the summer
Though the Memorial Day holiday isn’t until Monday, the weekend leading up to it marks the unofficial start of summer, with Americans traditionally flocking to beaches, gathering at backyard barbecues and unfurling picnic blankets in parks.
Among those soaking in the sun and enjoying a bit of travel on Saturday was President Donald Trump, who was seen golfing at his Trump National club in northern Virginia, his first golf outing since the White House declared a national emergency over the coronavirus outbreak in March.
Trump has been eager to promote the idea that the United States is returning to normal.
But ahead of the holiday weekend public health officials expressed concern that large gatherings could cause outbreaks to come roaring back.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that people stay home, avoid crowds and connect with family and friends by phone or video chat.
A man jogging through Central Park in Manhattan on Sunday. Government guidelines encourage wearing a mask in public with strong social distancing in effect as all 50 states in the USA have begun a gradual process to slowly reopen after weeks of stay-at-home measures to slow the spread of COVID-19
A group of friends relax in Sheep Meadow, Central Park, on Sunday as people celebrated Memorial Day weekend
People, some of them wearing masks, walk through Central Park on Sunday afternoon
Employees of the Halal Guys cart return to the corner of Sixth Avenue and 53rd Street on May 24, 2020 in New York City. Government guidelines encourage wearing a mask in public with strong social distancing in effect as all 50 states in the USA have begun a gradual process to slowly reopen after weeks of stay-at-home measures to slow the spread of COVID-19
Three brothers race into the ocean on a cold day at the beach on Sunday in Wildwood, New Jersey
Beachgoers relax in Cocoa Beach, Florida, on Saturday as hundreds of thousands of Americans nationwide emerged from quarantine to enjoy the sun during Memorial Day weekend
The beaches are open for business again during the coronavirus epidemic. Beachgoers are seen above in Cocoa Beach, Florida, on Saturday
Exodus from NYC: The young join the rich in ditching the Big Apple as the coronavirus economic downturn drives professionals out and companies accept staff permanently working from home
Young people are joining the rich and are fleeing New York for the suburbs after the coronavirus lockdown left many professionals reconsidering city life as companies begin to permanently adopt work-from-home models.
As COVID-19 gripped the country in mid March, residents of New York City‘s wealthiest neighborhoods fled to ride out the lockdown at their vacation homes, while many young people hunkered down in the suburbs with their parents.
Some were forced to break their leases and move back to their hometowns because they could no longer afford the city’s exorbitant rent prices after losing their jobs, while others have continued paying for their cramped city apartments while they shelter elsewhere.
The majority intend to return at the end of the lockdown period, but the economic impact of the pandemic as well as the shift to remote working has led some people to ditch the city for good.
Among them is Shelby Gutleber, who lost her job as a waitress in the Upper East Side in March and moved to Keansburg, in central New Jersey - a move she described as the best decision she ever made.
Young professionals are leaving New York City and flocking to smaller, less populated areas after the coronavirus pandemic left many to reconsider the city’s high cost of living. Pictured: Pat Stedman, 31, looks out at Manhattan after ending his lease on his Kips Bay apartment
Shelby Gutleber (left) moved back home to suburban New Jersey after losing her job as a waitress in the Upper East Side at the beginning of lockdown. The 26-year-old called the move ‘the best decision she ever made’
New York City has been converted into a ghost town after the March 15 lockdown with thousands of residents fleeing to the suburbs to shelter. Pictured: A virtually empty Fifth Avenue on May 4
Five percent of New York City’s population, or 420,000 people, left between March 1 and May 1 amid the coronavirus pandemic. The bottom 80%, who earn less than $90,000 per year, mostly stayed while the top 1%, who earn about $2.2 million per year, left
The 26-year-old was living in an apartment in Washington Heights and was finishing her degree in political science at Columbia University when the pandemic struck.
‘I was laid off and I couldn’t get unemployment. I just finally got it about two or three weeks ago. So thinking about paying $1,250 in rent when you’re unemployed is frightening,’ she told DailyMail.com.
‘On top of that my roommate and I didn’t get along so I was basically stuck in my room.’
Facing financial uncertainty and an uncomfortable living situation, Shelby jumped on the opportunity to move back to the suburbs when her brother offered her a spare room in his house in April.
‘It’s been great. This pandemic is horrible in New York City and there is no place to get out.
‘Here I can hike and bike, walk, run, and go to a store without stepping foot on a subway. And no insanely high rent,’ she said.
The college graduate is among the hundreds of thousands of New York City residents who have fled the Big Apple between March 1 and May 1.
As the lockdown entered its third month, a New York Times report last week showed Manhattan’s overall population has fallen by almost 20 percent, with many residents flocking to small east coast towns or popular vacation home destinations.
The data, collected from smartphones, revealed usually-bustling Manhattan neighborhoods such as SoHo, the West Village, Morningside Heights, the Upper East Side, the Financial District, Midtown, Gramercy and Brooklyn Heights, emptied by at least 40 percent.
For New York City office workers, being able to work remotely has made it easier for them to relocate and do their jobs elsewhere during the pandemic.
But as cities begin reopening, a number of companies have announced plans to keep the work from home model for good, raising questions over whether employees will now flee major metropolitan areas for cheaper, and less densely populated regions.
Pat Stedman, a dating and relationship coach, said the health crisis has only helped speed up his and his wife’s exodus from the city which they were considering before the outbreak. The couple is staying in suburban New Jersey until they move overseas
Margarita Lyadova (left) a partner manager for an ad tech company in New York City, let go of her Upper East Side apartment to move back home to Minnesota, and is now looking at cheaper markets. Sarah Moebius, 24, (center in brown) said she doesn’t ‘see the point’ in going back to New York City until she’s back at work
A recent survey conducted by Blind found 69 per cent of New Yorkers in the tech and finance field would consider relocating if they knew they could work from home permanently
For Pat Stedman, 31, a dating and relationship coach, the health crisis has only helped speed up his and his wife’s exodus from the city which they were considering before the outbreak.
The couple ended the lease on their apartment in Kips Bay last week and are now living with Stedman’s parents in South Jersey until they make the move to Poland, where his wife is from.
The pair hope to buy an apartment and start a family overseas, and being able to work remotely has made it all the more convenient.
‘Poland is very family friendly and the cost of living is very low. It’s an opportunity to save a bunch of money,’ Stedman told DailyMail.com.
‘My business is remote, and my wife may be able to do the same with her job.’
‘That said, it’s hard to be in NYC now, all the energy has been sucked out of it. Aside from Central Park, it feels like a prison where everyone is afraid and subdued, not where people go to have fun and make things happen.
‘We spent last weekend there to soak it all up, and we know our time there is done. NYC will recover – it always does – but it’ll be a different NYC after, just like after 9/11 the city changed.’
Earlier this month Twitter announced it will allow some employees to continue working from home on a permanent basis – a concept other tech giants are also weighing up as they prepare for the post-pandemic era.
Music streaming service Spotify followed suit on Friday, telling employees that they can work from home until 2021.
A recent survey conducted by anonymous professionals group Blind, also found 69 per cent of New Yorkers in the tech and finance field would consider relocating if they knew they could work from home permanently.
Eighteen per cent said they would leave the metro area, while 36 per cent said they would move out of the state altogether.
Fifteen per cent said they would leave the country.
The data was collated from responses from more than 4,000 employees at major tech companies including Facebook, Twitter, Uber and Amazon, in Seattle, San Francisco and New York.
Of those respondents, New York had the highest proportion of those eager to flee (37 per cent).
It reinforces the prospect that big cities could become shells of their former selves as office workers transition to working from home permanently, and huge headquarters, that were once an indicator of a company’s success, become an unnecessary expense.-
By Karen Ruiz for DailyMail.com
Fourteen per cent of respondents said they don’t anticipate returning to the office when the pandemic is over
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