While St. Mark’s Place has become the poster child for bargoers behaving badly during the coronavirus crisis, the West Village is definitely also seeing its share of overcrowding by non-mask-wearing, non-socially distancing revelers.
Sara Kimbell shared a video on Facebook that she filmed on Fri., June 19, around 7 p.m., at W. 10th St. and Seventh Ave. South, showing the street teeming with crowds.
The images in this article are screen grabs from that video.
“Hi!” one of the revelers cheekily calls out to her as she passes by.
Videos of St. Mark’s Place last Friday jammed with pandemic-dissing partiers went viral last weekend, sparking the ire of Andrew Cuomo.
The governor has now warned that offending bars can be immediately stripped of their liquor licenses and shut down, and that he is holding the bars’ operators responsible for enforcing the rules and regulations immediately outside their premises — meaning social distancing and no drinking on the street.
While the scene at W. 10th St. and Seventh Ave. South admittedly wasn’t as crowded at St. Mark’s last Friday, Dr. Fauci still probably would not have approved.
Although the Sixth Precinct is right around the corner from the spot, local politicians stress that they don’t want police involved in enforcement against crowds outside bars, fearing it could lead to confrontation and escalation.