As we approach the bona fide heart of the holiday season, there are many Americans out there who are concerned about just how the COVID-19 pandemic might impact their ability or willingness to gather with friends and family.
The viral scourge has been gaining strength as of late, thanks in no small part to the cooler temperatures arriving here in America, forcing the nation indoors and into closer contact with one another. The surging cases have prompted many local officials to demand that citizens alter or cancel their Thanksgiving plans in order to prevent the spread of the virus.
In New York State, Governor Andrew Cuomo had at on pointed hinted that there could be serious trouble for those who’ve been found to be overdoing it.
Local law enforcement has a different idea, however.
In a scathing Facebook post on Saturday, Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino questioned the legality of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s newly instituted 10-person cap on parties and other gatherings in private residences.
“Frankly, I am not sure it could sustain a Constitutional challenge in Court for several reasons including your house is your castle,” the sheriff wrote in the Saturday post.
“And as a Sheriff with a law degree I couldn’t in good faith attempt to defend it Court, so I won’t,” he said.
And he wasn’t the only one.
Washington County Sheriff Jeff Murphy said there will be no Thanksgiving enforcement, and on Monday, Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo also threw cold water on the state order.
“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,” Zurlo said in a press release.
Governor Cuomo has received an inordinate amount of criticism over his handling of the coronavirus crisis, particularly from the more rural parts of the state, far from the population-dense Big Apple.