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NYC bar owner who defied coronavirus restrictions arrested

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City sheriff’s office says a bar owner who was providing indoor service in defiance of coronavirus restrictions has been arrested.

Protesters shouted Tuesday as deputies arrested Danny Presti, the co-owner of Mac’s Public House on Staten Island. The tavern is in an area designated by Governor Andrew Cuomo as an orange zone because of spiking COVID-19 rates and was not supposed to be serving customers indoors.

Presti was charged with obstruction of governmental administration in addition to coronavirus-related violations.

An attorney for the tavern’s owners says Presti was arrested simply because he didn’t want to leave his business.

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