Mayor warns of $1,000 fine as New Yorkers snub social distancing orders

1010 WINS Newsroom
April 19, 2020 - 6:04 pm

    NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Hours after Mayor Bill de Blasio warned New Yorkers of a $1,000 fine for ignoring social distancing orders, people were reporting instances across the city of residents snubbing the measures.

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    At his news briefing Sunday, Blasio said that the NYPD and Parks Department are ramping up enforcement across the city. They’ll be targeting hotspots for complaints and non-compliance.

    The mayor acknowledged it’s “going to get harder now with the nice weather” but said it’s a matter of life and death for some New Yorkers, particularly the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions, who are at an increased risk from the coronavirus.

    De Blasio said people caught ignoring social distancing orders will be warned. “The folks that still don't get it are going to have to pay a price," he said. "Anyone who's ignoring these instructions is putting everyone else's lives in danger."

    The mayor implored New Yorkers to report each other if they saw violations by texting photos to 311-692 or uploading them to the 311 app

    “This is not snitching, this is saving lives,” de Blasio said.

    Within minutes of his news briefing, people were already sharing violations on Twitter.

    “Brooklyn Bridge Park is dangerously crowded today,” Phil Ritz tweeted. “The parks need a stronger NYPD presence to keep New Yorker save from COVID19 spread.  It's not safe in a packed park.”

    “Just drove by Coney Island,” Janet Rizzo posted. “The boardwalk and beaches were filled. No social distancing at all. Nathan's benches were completely filled with people.”

    “People in New York are crazy,” another Twitter user wrote. “There are around 1,000 people in Prospect Park right now.”

    “Please, please get some officers out to Riverside Park to provide education and enforcement,” yet another Twitter user wrote along with a photo of people hanging out on the sidewalk. “Like this every day between 3 and 6 p.m.”

    "​​​​​​"This is what #SocialDistancing looks like in NYC when the weather is nice," another user wrote along with a photo of a green market at 79th Street. "People here simply won’t distance. A not insignificant minority won’t even wear masks."

    Another user said Marx Brothers Playground on the Upper West Side was full of people not social distancing and having a picnic. Other users posted photos of people hanging out on sidewalks and playing sports at parks.

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