If you plan on visiting New York City anytime soon, you may want to rethink your visit...Unless you have an additional 14 days to lock yourself away!
On Wednesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that if visitors do not follow through with the 14-day quarantine, they could face fines up to $10,000.
In addition, there will be random checkpoints at the NYC bridge and tunnel crossings. “The only way to have an effective checkpoint is having a random component to it,” New York City Sheriff Joseph Fucito said, “Let’s say it’s every six vehicles or every eight vehicles.”
“Having people see that these checkpoints are starting to happen around the city is going to send a powerful message,” de Blasio said. “If we think it’s an important tool … we might keep expanding it.”
Travelers from 35 high-risk states and Puerto Rico must quarantine for 14 days when they reach New York City, and de Blasio is determined to enforce the requirement. During Wednesday’s press briefing, the mayor announced intensifying measures meant to discourage visitors from flouting the order.
Those caught outside of quarantine within 14 days of arrival could face fines up to $10,000. Even so, de Blasio maintained that the idea is to prevent, rather than punish. “The idea is we don’t want to penalize people,” de Blasio he said. “We want to educate them, we want to make sure they’re following the rules.”
Additionally, NYC’s head of the “Test and Trace Corps,” Ted Long announced that agents would be deployed to Penn Station, in order to make sure new arrivals are in compliance.
People visiting the city will also receive frequent "check in" calls, and if they do not answer, they will be raided.
“If we can’t get through to you on the phone, we’ve now deployed teams to knock on your door and check in on you to make sure you’re safe,” Long said.
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