New Yorkers Could Be Fined Up to $500 For Violating Social Distancing

New York leads the way in the United States for coronavirus cases during the pandemic which has led to shelter-in-place orders and urging residents to practice social distancing in an effort to slow the spread of the virus. However, as the cases continue to soar, Mayor Bill de Blasio made it clear just how serious the orders are.

According to de Blasio, New Yorkers who are found to be in violation of the shelter-in-place orders could face fines of up to $500.

“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,” de Blasio said, via Politico. “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.”

The NYPD will force warn violators to go home if there are crowds of 50 or more people. Anyone who then ignores the warning would face a fine between $250 to $500.

The coronavirus outbreak has led to the cancellation or postponing of many large events including the NCAA Tournament, Coachella, SXSW, the Winter X Games, Stagecoach, Ultra Music Festival in Miami, and more. The NBA, NHL, and MLS have temporarily suspended their seasons.

The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).

The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.

While a majority of the cases have been detected in China, it has now reached many countries around the world including the United States. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.

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