New York State will make random checks on people to enforce a 14-day quarantine on travelers coming from states that are infection hot spots for the coronavirus, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Thursday.
Asked how New York would enforce the mandate, Cuomo said tracers will follow up randomly to ensure visitors are meeting requirements.
“You fly into New York, we’ll have your name, we’ll know where you’re supposed to be staying. There’ll be random checks,” Cuomo said. “You get pulled over by a police officer and he looks at where your residence [is] and says how long have you been here? You get sick and you go to a hospital from out of state and you test positive and you’re within the 14 days, you’ve violated the law. You’re going to have a problem.”
Cuomo said inspectors will be “looking randomly at names on the list” and following up to make sure visitors are quarantined. If they are not, they will be fined, he said.
Violators can face fines of $2,000 for the first offense, $5,000 for the second offense, and $10,000 if they “cause harm,” Cuomo said Wednesday, when the quarantine was announced. They could be subjected to a judicial order and mandatory quarantine, and be required to pay the cost of the quarantine.