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    New Yorkers who break social distancing rules will now face fines up to $500

    No problem! the perps who are shoplifting stuff under $1000 can fence some it to pay the fine.

    New York City residents who break social distancing rules will be subject to fines up to $500, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday.

    As New York battles the spread of coronavirus, the state has ordered nonessential businesses to shut down, banned gatherings of any size and mandated that people stay six feet away from each other. Not everyone has listened.

    Fines will be a last resort, but de Blasio has authorized police officers to give them out to people who are ordered to disperse but fail to do so.

    There were 32,308 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the city on Sunday, and the death toll climbed to 678.

    De Blasio said fines of $250 to $500 would begin for people found congregating in public spaces who fail to disperse when ordered, or return after officers have told them to move along.

    “You’ve been warned and warned and warned again,” the mayor said during a Sunday press conference.

    “They’re going to give people every chance to listen, and if anyone doesn’t listen, then they deserve a fine at this point,” de Blasio said. “I don’t want to fine people when so many folks are going through economic distress, but if they haven’t gotten the message by now, and they don’t get the message when an enforcement officer’s staring them in the face ... that person then deserves the fine, so we’re going to proceed with that.”

    In another sign of how hard the city has been hit by the pandemic, a field hospital is being erected in the heart of Central Park to help cope with the influx of patients

    Mount Sinai Hospital and the relief organization Samaritan’s Purse are erecting the hospital in tents in the famed park’s East Meadow, de Blasio said Sunday. It will hold 68 beds, and is expected to be up and running by Tuesday.

    “We’re going to be using every place we need to use,” de Blasio said. “This is the kind of thing you will see now as this crisis develops and deepens.”

    As subway service cuts have led to crowded cars on some trains despite a massive drop in ridership, de Blasio also announced that NYPD and MTA workers would do checks of subway cars and force riders off cars that are too crowded.

    It was not clear where they would send riders removed from a crowded train car to keep them at a safe distance.

    The Staten Island ferry will cut service to one boat an hour, beginning at midnight. The ferry’s ridership has dropped 86 percent.

    The city is adding additional ambulances, tours and EMS crews as the number of 911 calls has swamped the emergency line. Late last week, the number of medical calls hit a level never before seen in history.

    “The number of 911 calls have been skyrocketing and it’s putting a huge, huge demand on EMS,” de Blasio said. “We’ve never seen our EMS system get this many calls, ever.”

    On Saturday, the city sent out 1,400 more ventilators to hospitals across the five boroughs. New York still expects to need 15,000 of the life-saving devices by the time the crisis peaks, and is asking the federal government to send at least 400 more by Wednesday.
    Diplomacy is the art of saying 'Nice doggie' until you can find a rock.

    I’d take a $250 summons just to be able to appear on it and call Comrade Wilhelm an asshole on the record.


      They are going to make people disperse? LMFAO. Good Luck with that.
      Just Another Reason For Me To Retire in Tennessee.


        Illegal to impose fines without legislature action to pass a law prohibiting such. Where's the outcry from the ACLU?
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          Nobody is working so fine them $500.
          You've been warned and warned and warned again. Big Birds version of Obama's red line.


            But Trump is the dictator.
            I am not armed out of fear of who's in front of me.
            I am armed out of love of those behind me.

            Anyone who says money doesn't matter to them is either a FOOL or a LIAR or BOTH!


              With respect to all the LEO's
              Who the fukin hell is gonna roll up on A group of Crips , Bloods or MS 13 [ just to break them up.?????? Sorry is that Racist ?
              How about trying to break up an 81 charity run
              Better to have A gun in your hand, then a Cop on the phone


                Just Another Reason For Me To Retire in Tennessee.


                  Originally posted by ChiefSailer View Post
                  Yikes, anything but that. My right eye started twitching as soon as I saw this.

                  You can’t undo Catholic school...can’t be done.