Quarantine checkpoints are to be put up at key entry points to New York City to ensure that travellers from 35 states comply with the state’s 14-quarantine, mayor Bill de Blasio has said.
“Travellers coming in from those states will be given information about the quarantine and will be reminded that it is required, not optional,” de Blasio told a news briefing.
He added that, under certain circumstances, fines for not observing the quarantine order could be as high as $10,000.
The Sheriff’s Office, in coordination with other law enforcement agencies, will begin deploying checkpoints at major bridge and tunnel crossings into the city on Wednesday.
“This is serious stuff and it’s time for everyone to realise that if we’re going to hold at this level of health and safety in this city, and get better, we have to deal with the fact that the quarantine must be applied consistently to anyone who’s traveled,” de Blasio said.