De Blasio releases ‘COVID checkpoints’ to catch and fine New York travelers who violate vacation quarantine – Dateway

As millions of Americans defy the CDC’s warning not to travel for the holiday season, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has once again dispatched police to major choke points in traffic where its quarantine rules will be strictly enforced.

New York City Sheriff Joseph Fucito said the Sheriff’s Office (a separate entity from the NYPD) will conduct spot checks when out-of-state buses drop passengers off at the curb, and will also verify that cars will roll off state and New York license plates. . Testing and traceability teams will also be on the ground to help direct people to testing sites while providing quarantine “education”.

The 14-day New York state vacation quarantine requires travelers to quarantine or take a test that shows they are negative. Self-quarantine violations will be enforced and can result in fines of $ 1,000 to $ 2,000, the mayor’s office said.

In the United States, few jurisdictions have effectively enforced quarantine and social distancing rules, although people have been killed in fights spurred by mandatory mask requirements. Some governors, including Kristi Noem in South Dakota, have refused to make masks and other social distancing measures mandatory.

But most governors who have imposed mandatory mask orders and other measures have generally not enforced those measures by handing out fines, unlike European authorities.

According to anecdotal reports, trips to New York City airports have had to fill out contact tracing forms for weeks now. The city will continue to apply these measures at the city’s two airports, as well as Grand Central and Penn Station, as well as the port authority’s bus terminal.

Queues at New York City test centers hit record highs this weekend, a sign that many New Yorkers were still planning to travel and hoping to get tested before they left. This irritates many self-proclaimed COVID travel arbitrators …

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… Who has stepped in to remind his followers that a negative COVID test doesn’t mean you can safely socialize with others. We’re curious to see how many people are adhering to these tips.

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