Mr Cuomo was faced with a series of rebellions from northern sheriffs who said he would not force police to enforce rules banning more than 10 people at family gatherings.
“As a law enforcement officer, I don’t think you can choose which law to enforce,” Kuomo said in response to criticism.
“What’s my advice about Thanksgiving? Don’t be a turkey,” he added.
Mr Cuomo also said it was his belief that the state would see a major virus surge after Thanksgiving and urged residents to “follow the rules.”
Politicians announced last week that indoor gatherings should be limited to 10 people during the holidays.
In response, at least four sheriffs in the counties of Erie, Fulton, Saratoga, and Washington said they would not force lawmakers to enforce the rules.
“Regarding the Thanksgiving Executive Order, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office does not force the county residents to do so,” wrote Richard Giardino on the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.
“Frankly, I’m not sure if you can file a constitutional objection in court for several reasons, such as your home being your castle.”
Sheriff Timothy Howard of Erie County also said he would not send an agent to “break the great tradition of Thanksgiving dinner.”
But he told the people of the county to “follow your heart and act responsibly.”
Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zulo and Washington County Geoff Murphy also said that what people did in their homes was outside their jurisdiction.
Mr Cuomo’s adviser urged state residents to follow the guidelines with their families.
“We urge everyone to continue to act wisely and responsibly. We know that this makes people unhappy, but more unhappy than illness or worsening.” Said Rich Azzopardi.
The rules are similar not only in New York, but also in neighboring New Jersey and Connecticut.
Michigan has banned indoor rallies for more than one household, and Vermont and Washington have banned indoor rallies outside direct households.
Cuomo warns law enforcement agencies that Thanksgiving Covid restrictions need to be enforced
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