Bar Owner Detained for Defying COVID-19 Restrictions in Staten Island, New York

A bar owner was detained by police in Staten Island, New York, on December 1, reportedly in response to defying state and city orders restricting indoor dining amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Footage uploaded by Instagram user @mattoosentertainment shows Danny Presti, co-owner of Mac’s Public House, being led into a police vehicle by officers.

Mac’s had declared itself an autonomous zone on November 20. “In the event of a shutdown, we will continue to stay open,” the pub wrote on Facebook. “We will still wear masks, take the same safety precautions we’ve had in place, maintain daily cleanings and work in a responsible manner to the best of our abilities. What we will not be doing is living in fear.”

New York Gov Andrew Cuomo had announced an Orange Warning Zone for Staten Island on November 23, prohibiting indoor dining. Credit: / @mattoosentertainment via Storyful