BREAKING: New York City has CHECKPOINTS to the city to track travelers from 35 states – with fines of up to $ 10,000 if visitors don’t quarantine for 14 days
- The Blasio said on Wednesday that the checkpoints are designed to send a “clear message.”
- Anyone caught entering NYC through bridges or tunnels from any of the designated states is told to be quarantined
- The checks on cars will be random, with every sixth or eighth car checked
- It is unclear how the Blasio will check whether or not people actually quarantine as soon as they pass the checkpoint
- Currently, anyone entering NY State from COVID-19 hotspots states is told to isolate themselves for 14 days
- But the only way it’s tracked is with people calling numbers provided on forms
New York City implements checkpoints to prevent people from entering any of the 35 states that are on Cuomo’s mandatory quarantine list and removing their data to enforce it.
Anyone caught ignoring the rules will be fined $ 10,000. Bill de Blasio announced the new rule at a news conference on Wednesday morning.
Currently, anyone entering New York State from any of the 35 lists is expected to quarantine for two weeks or risk fines of $ 2,000 and above. If someone who ignores quarantine and infects another New Yorker with COVID-19, they will be fined $ 10,000 per state.
The 34 states on Cuomo’s mandatory quarantine list are; Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada , Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin.
Quarantine is currently enforced with questionnaires on planes, but people have circumvented them by driving or taking trains across state borders.
The Blasio says he will place checkpoints at bridges, tunnels, and train stations to identify people, but it will be random, checking every sixth or eighth car.
He has not yet explained how he will ensure that people follow the rules.
“We won’t be in every apartment,” he admitted Wednesday, without giving any other details about how it will be maintained.
“We have two separate challenges; people who visit New York City from any of those 35 states for any reason, and the other problem is New Yorkers going to one of those states.
“Those checkpoints are going to send a very strong signal that this quarantine law is important.
“Even if we can’t reach everyone, it will get the message across,” said the Blasio.
Sheriff Joseph Fucito said there would initially be a strong presence.
One of the fines people face is $ 2,000 for refusing to fill out the NY State Health Department form.
The form doesn’t ask people for their addresses, just their names, email addresses, and their phone numbers.