ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB)–Governor Andrew Cuomo says the state will continue cracking down on bars that violate covid restrictions.

Cuomo announce today another 27 businesses were cited last night.

He says this is a problem mostly affecting downstate.

The governor admits he understands the plight businesses have gone through, but this is about enforcing the law.

“We also have to protect public health and we accomplish nothing if we have to roll back these rules and regulations on bars and restaurants,” Cuomo said during a conference call Monday.

Governor Cuomo added that groups representing bar and restaurant owners are backing his crackdown.

Cuomo is also calling on local governments to do more to step up enforcement.