The Dublin Deck Tiki Bar and Grill in Patchogue, New York apologized on Sunday after Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office criticized the restaurant for allegedly easing restrictions on masks and social distancing for its customers due to rainy weather. on Fridays.
“From what I understand, it was raining on Friday night and so the bar allowed customers to come in to get their food,” said Melissa DeRosa, the governor’s secretary, adding that it was the explanation given to Suffolk County police, which broke the crowd.
Restaurants in New York state are currently limited to takeaway and delivery.
Photos from inside the bar at the time showed people who wore no masks, said DeRosa.
“It’s stupid – stupid for you, it’s stupid for your surrounding patrons, it’s stupid for the bar,” he said. “I take to their word that that’s what happened, but going forward, they should be on the alert and, again, the application is up to the locals.”
The restaurant subsequently apologized Instagram story, saying “the quick rain sent the guests to the bar area”.
“There is no excuse regarding public safety. We shouldn’t have let anyone in, “says the statement.
“We apologize to anyone who may have been offended by the videos that surfaced,” he said.
The Suffolk County Police Department confirmed that it had responded after “multiple 911 calls” regarding restaurant non-compliance. The department “takes reports of non-compliance very seriously,” he said in a statement.