DeBlasio sets up checkpoint in New York City’s tunnels and bridges. Here we go…

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Checkpoints will be set up at New York City’s tunnels and bridges to trace travelers from 35 COVID hotspot states and enforce 14-day quarantine — and anyone who flouts it risks a $10,000 fine.

  • De Blasio said on Wednesday the checkpoints are designed to send a ‘clear message’ 
  • Anyone caught entering NYC on bridges or tunnels from one of the designated states will be told to quarantine
  • The checks on cars will be random, with every sixth or eighth car being checked
  • They will start tomorrow morning, on Thursday August 6 
  • It’s unclear how de Blasio will check on whether or not people are actually quarantining once they pass the checkpoint
  • Currently, anyone entering NY State from COVID-19 hotspots states are being told to self-isolate for 14 days 
  • But the only way it is being traced is with people phoning numbers that are provided on forms 
  • The form asks people to consent to receiving daily text messages from the state 
  • If they can’t be reached by phone, they are told to expect home visits
  • But the form only asks for an address if NY is the traveler’s final destination 
  • It remains unclear how law enforcement will ensure people’s information is correct 

 

 

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