VIDEO has emerged of a Long Island bar rammed with "stupid" drinkers in clear violation of the state’s coronavirus shutdown rules.
Worrying clips and photos posted on social media show maskless customers packed inside the popular Dublin Deck Tiki Bar and Grill in Patchogue .
Local police received several 911 calls on Friday night about the bar not following New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 'PAUSE' order.
On one video someone can be heard shouting: “Everybody’s so thirsty, let’s go!”
“Finally back to normal!” another reveler yelled.
One can then be heard loudly slurring: "Back at the watering hole."
The bar apologized on Facebook saying it will stick to coronavirus rules in the future but the post has since been deleted.
“We apologize to anyone who may have been offended by the videos that surfaced,” read the post, reports Newsday.
“We assure you it was not intended and will not happen again.”
The bar's co-owner Frank Mills later claimed it only allowed people inside during a rain storm.
He said most were boat owners parked at a nearby marina who were ordering meals to take away.
“Everybody decided to run inside out of the rain and they overwhelmed us,” Mills said.
“It was that simple. It has never happened before and it will never happen again.”
Mills added those inside the bar – known as the Leaky Tiki – seemed keen to socialize.
“Everybody hunkered down. We did what we were supposed to do,” he said.
“You can call it what you want but they’re chomping at the bit to go do something.”
On Sunday, the governor’s top aide, Melissa DeRosa, labelled the customers’ actions “stupid.”
“From what I understand, the photos show people were in this space and they weren’t wearing masks," DeRosa said.
"That’s stupid. Stupid for you, it’s stupid for your surrounding patrons, it’s stupid for the bar,”
DeRosa noted the bar's claims about the rain and said enforcement was up to Suffolk County cops.
“I take them at their word that that’s what happened, but moving forward they should be on notice, and again the enforcement is up to the locals,” she said.
Gov. Cuomo added: “It’s supposed to be curbside pickup, right? That doesn’t sound like curbside pickup.”
Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart said that by the time cops responded to the bar most of the drinkers had left.
New York's PAUSE order applies to the temporary closing of businesses and limiting of social gatherings, among other things.
It is a 10-point policy to assure uniform safety for everyone, says New York state. The maximum fine for violations of the state's social distancing protocol is $1,000.
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