Officers Refuse To Enforce Gov. Cuomo’s Thanksgiving Gathering Limit

More New York sheriffs just announced that they won’t be enforcing Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s private gathering limit on Thanksgiving. He recently announced the 10-person cap on parties and other gatherings in private residences due to the uptick in coronavirus cases. 

“New York follows the science. We know indoor gatherings and parties are a major source of COVID spread. To slow the spread, NYS will limit indoor gatherings at private residences to 10 people. This limit takes effect Friday at 10 p.m,” Gov. Cuomo said. The harsh lockdown procedures will run ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.

“I’ll be having more than 10 ppl at my house on Thanksgiving. My address is public record. Some family will come from (gasp!) New Jersey. Kids will see their grandparents, cousins will play in the yard, sis in law will bring strawberry rhubarb pie, & a turkey will be overcooked,” tweeted Staten Island Councilman Joe Borelli. 

Several government officials cited that they have a comparatively small number of cases compared to other places in the country and that the Governor may be “overreacting.” This led many local authorities to make decisions on how Gov. Cuomo’s new restrictions would be enforced. Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino made it abundantly clear that he would not be enforcing the lockdown orders against his residents. 

“Frankly, I am not sure it could sustain a Constitutional challenge in Court for several reasons including your house is your castle. And as a Sheriff with a law degree I couldn’t in good faith attempt to defend it Court, so I won’t. Who and how many people you invite in to your home is your business, unlike outdoor gatherings which may receive a police response if disorderly or other violations of public nuisance laws occur,” Giardino wrote in a Facebook post. 

Others joined in with Giardino in trusting their residents to use their best judgment and take precautions. “I can’t see how devoting our resources to counting cars in citizens’ driveways or investigating how much turkey and dressing they’ve purchased is for the public good,” said Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo in a news release. 

The radical left doesn’t believe the American people have the common sense to make rational decisions for their close friends and family. The threat isn’t with 11 people sitting around a dining room table, it’s with the people who think they can make that decision for everyone else.