Sheriff: We're not the turkey police | WNYT.com

Sheriff: We're not the turkey police

Dan Levy
Updated: November 16, 2020 06:57 PM
Created: November 16, 2020 05:59 PM

JOHNSTOWN - In Fulton County, if you're thinking about having people over for Thanksgiving dinner to carve up a turkey, Sheriff Richard Giardino says that'll be fine. He just doesn't want to see anyone carving up the Constitution.

He's not the only one.

"I'm not saying COVID is not dangerous," Giardino stated. "I think COVID is very dangerous."

Giardino points out only 28 people have died of coronavirus so far in Fulton County, and most them were at a private nursing home. He's also well aware that according the State Department of Health COVID Tracker, only 1.2% of his constituents are testing positive these days.

However, beyond the numbers, Giardino sees the limitation of at-home Thanksgiving guests as a clear government overreach.

"I just think that as another sheriff said, 'The best way to do things is to ask people to follow these recommendations because they're good for you,'" he said, "Not to make it an edict from the king telling you what to do."

Gov. Cuomo acknowledges it will be difficult to enforce private party guest lists. He also points out the rules are only as good as the enforcement.

"There are only two fundamental truths in this situation," the governor said recently during a telephone news conference, "It's individual discipline and it's government enforcement."

"We have this COVID fatigue going on and I think a lot of people feel that how much more can we do reasonably?" he says.

Giardino says he doesn't see this as a political issue. To him, it's just common sense, and he doesn't see anyone jeopardizing their own family members.


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