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San Francisco residents call for police to control crowds drinking on the street

San Francisco city officials are still having to remind residents that the stay-at-home order is still in effect, after large social crowds prompted calls from concerned neighbors to police.  

Video shows crowds of people standing close to each other outside of a Marina District wine bar on Friday. Only a few of the patrons had on face masks.

By Saturday, however, police were parked along Chestnut Street to ensure a group did not convene outside the bar. 

 

Video shows crowds of people standing close to each other outside of a Marina District wine bar on Friday. Only a few of the patrons had on face masks

Nate Welch, owner of Howells wine bar, said he appreciated the quick action taken by police. 

‘We can only control the small square footage of space in front of us,’ Welch explained to the NBC Bay Area. ‘So if someone is ten feet down the way and they decide to stop while they’re drinking a to-go Margarita or something like that, I have no control over that. So luckily the San Francisco Police came around to disperse that.’  

Welch has posted signs reminding people to take their drinks home after picking up to-go orders. 

By Saturday, police were parked along Chestnut Street to ensure a group did not convene outside the bar

By Saturday, police were parked along Chestnut Street to ensure a group did not convene outside the bar

Nate Welch, owner of Howells wine bar, said he appreciated the quick action taken by police and shared he had signs posted advising on what to do

Nate Welch, owner of Howells wine bar, said he appreciated the quick action taken by police and shared he had signs posted advising on what to do

San Francisco has a stay-at-home order in effect until May 31, according to the city’s website. On May 4, the city allowed construction to resume and for some outside businesses to reopen.

For San Francisco Supervisor Catherine Stefani, the behavior exhibited by those who were out drinking is cause for concern.

‘The fact that people weren’t wearing masks, and they were so cluttered together, I’m like oh my god no. It was very upsetting,’ she said.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has branded phots and videos of NewYorkers out drinking at bars as a blatant ‘violation’ of social distancing measures

Clusters of people stood outside bars, sat down on sidewalks, and in some cases, even planted themselves down in chairs in the streets outside a number of hotspots across the Upper East Side, the East and West Villages, and in Greenpoint, Brooklyn over the weekend

Clusters of people stood outside bars, sat down on sidewalks, and in some cases, even planted themselves down in chairs in the streets outside a number of hotspots across the Upper East Side, the East and West Villages, and in Greenpoint, Brooklyn over the weekend

Stefani worries people are growing complacent and has called on the police force to to crack down more on those violating safety rules. 

San Francisco joins other cities cracking down more on those violating social distancing and stay-at-home orders.  

Clusters of people stood outside bars, sat down on sidewalks, and in some cases, even planted themselves down in chairs in the streets outside a number of hotspots across the Upper East Side, the East and West Villages, and in Greenpoint, Brooklyn over the weekend.

In what Mayor Bill de Blasio has branded a blatant ‘violation’ of the city’s social distancing orders, revelers were seen downing beers and frozen margaritas in lively scenes that lasted long into the evening.

De Blasio singled out the Upper East Side as having a 'particular problem' across the mid-May weekend

De Blasio singled out the Upper East Side as having a ‘particular problem’ across the mid-May weekend

‘I’m not comfortable at all with people congregating outside bars,’ de Blasio said during a Sunday press briefing of the lively scenes. ‘That violates what we’re saying about social distancing. That puts lives in danger.’ 

Police officers will be asking groups outside businesses to disperse, de Blasio added, and anybody who refuses may be given a summons. ‘Get your drink and Go home,’ the mayor warned.

For restaurants in New York – which was deemed the country’s coronavirus epicenter in March – offering cocktails and wine for takeout amid a state-wide shutdowns and bans on in-restaurant dining has been become a critical strategy to avoid permanent closure.

The city’s lockdown orders have thrown the jobs of more than 150,000 people working in restaurants and bars into jeopardy.

De Blasio singled out the Upper East Side as having a ‘particular problem’ across the mid-May weekend. At least one UES restaurant served customers on premises, a blatant violation of March’s statewide emergency order, according to NBC New York.

On Saturday, Baltimore authorities dispersed large crowds that gathered in Fells Point. They used a helicopter to break up the crowd in Broadway Square

On Saturday, Baltimore authorities dispersed large crowds that gathered in Fells Point. They used a helicopter to break up the crowd in Broadway Square

On Saturday, Baltimore authorities dispersed large crowds that gathered in Fells Point. They used a helicopter to break up the crowd in Broadway Square shortly after 7pm, WJZ reports.

While Maryland has lifted its stay-at-home order as of Friday, several counties – including Baltimore City, Prince George County and Montgomery County – have extended theirs due to high cases and hospitalizations.  

‘Helicopters and the sirens were going off and we were like what happened,’ resident Doneyse Bell said. ‘We thought there was a fight or something.’ 

'Helicopters and the sirens were going off and we were like what happened,' resident Doneyse Bell said. 'We thought there was a fight or something'

‘Helicopters and the sirens were going off and we were like what happened,’ resident Doneyse Bell said. ‘We thought there was a fight or something’

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