NEW YORK

Fines doubled for violating social distance rules

Randall Waszynski
Posted 4/16/20

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has increased the fines for violating social distancing restrictions due to lack of adherence. As per New York State mandate, the fines have been doubled from $500 to $1,000 in …

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NEW YORK

Fines doubled for violating social distance rules

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has increased the fines for violating social distancing restrictions due to lack of adherence. As per New York State mandate, the fines have been doubled from $500 to $1,000 in order to deter gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic.

Considering the increased reports of gatherings at parks, beaches and park- ing lots, local officials have been man- dated to enforce the restrictions with additional patrols, including in Islip and Brookhaven towns. The supervisors of both towns, Angie Carpenter and Ed Romaine, have publicly addressed that they will be reinforcing the governor’s mandate by cracking down on those who gather, despite the restriction with doubled fines.

An Islip Town spokesperson said that the town is requesting of the state to direct the collection from those fines into the First Responders Fund.

“This fund assists COVID-19 health care workers and first responders with expenses and costs, including child care,” the spokesperson said, adding that the fund is administered by the state Department of Health.

Additionally, any instances of restricted gatherings can be reported to the Suffolk County Police Department at 311.

Islip Town Hall currently sports a banner above its main doors, which Carpenter reiterated to address the lack of adherence to the doubled fine for social distancing restrictions.

“We are in this together... but six feet apart,” Carpenter said.

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