NYC Is Going to Fine People Not Wearing Masks

Joanna Estrada
September 30, 2020

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a press conference earlier in the day that the positivity rate in New York City had breached 3 percent, the highest figure since June, and said "all options" to combat it were on the table.

"Our goal, of course, is to give everyone a free face mask", de Blasio said.

New York City will begin monthly random coronavirus testing on a regular basis in public schools next week and has sent consent forms out to parents this week for the testing. "Anyone who refuses to wear a face covering will be told that if they don't put one on, they will be fined, and anyone who still refuses will be fined".

New York City, where more than 23,800 people have died of coronavirus, became the global epicenter of the pandemic in spring but has recently touted some of the lowest test positivity rates and infection rates among major USA cities. "That is cause for real concern", the mayor said.

Students will be unable to return for in-person classes if they had any coronavirus symptoms, received a positive coronavirus test in the past 10 days, been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for virus in the last 14 days, or if they have traveled internationally or from a state on New York's travel advisory list in the last 14 days.

Plans to allow restaurants to begin seating customers indoors at 25 percent capacity were still under way for Wednesday, de Blasio said.

The city has said it will shut schools again if the seven-day average reaches 3 percent or more.

Beyond New York state, 28 other states were seeing upticks in new coronavirus infections over the past two weeks, and COVID-19 hospitalizations were on the rise in several Midwestern states. On Monday, North Dakota reported 105 hospitalisations and Wisconsin 640.

The Tennessee Titans and Minnesota Vikings professional football teams suspended activities after some members of the Titans tested positive for COVID-19 following a game on Sunday, according to statements from the National Football League and the teams.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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