The Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, said on Sunday that New York residence who break social distancing guidelines will be subjected to fines of up to $500.
The mayor, has authorized police to give fines to people who are ordered to disperse and fail to do so, as a last resort.
“You’ve been warned and warned and warned again,” the mayor said on Sunday, “They’re going to give people every chance to listen, and if anyone doesn’t listen, then they deserve a fine at this point, I don’t want to fine people when so many folks are going through economic distress, but if they haven’t gotten the message by now, and they don’t get the message when an enforcement officer’s staring them in the face … that person then deserves the fine, so we’re going to proceed with that.”
Along with the $500 fines NYPD has also been instructed to do checks of the subway cars and force riders off cars that are too crowded.
In another note they sent out 1400 more ventilators on Saturday and are requesting 15k more and say they want 400 by Wednesday.