New Yorkers Could Face Hefty Fines For Violating Social Distancing Orders

While New York has become one of the world's hotspots for the coronavirus, many residents are electing to stay home and practice social distancing.

Non-essential businesses are closed and officials have discouraged social gatherings of any size. New Yorkers who don't follow the new rules could soon be facing significant fines. According to Politico, the fines could range from $250 to $500 and would be issued to people congregating in public spaces if they fail to listen to police ordering them to disperse.

Yesterday, (Sunday, March 29th) Mayor Bill De Blasio addressed the possibility of issuing citations to people who do follow the new rules.

"You’ve been warned and warned and warned again. When we say you can go out for some exercise, we’re not saying you can linger, we’re not saying you can make a day of it. we’re saying go out, get a minimum amount of exercise and go back indoors. We will be enforcing this but with understanding for the challenges that people are facing, for how new this is."

Please stay inside and listen to what you're told!

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