Visitors from 35 states with a sharp resurgence of the epidemic, such as the highly populated states of Florida and Texas, are currently subject to a two-week quarantine upon arrival in New York.
In order to try to better enforce this measure, the mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the police would install “check-in points for travelers” at the main bridges and tunnels leading to the metropolis from Thursday .
Travelers from problematic states will then have to complete a health form. This should also help the authorities to follow up contacts in the event of infection.
People arriving at New York airports must already complete this form. Anyone who refuses to do so faces a fine of $ 2,000.
“New York City is holding up against Covid-19, and New Yorkers have shown exemplary discipline,” said de Blasio. “We are not going to let this effort slip through our fingers and we will continue to do everything in our power to protect the health and safety of New Yorkers.”
Individuals not respecting the imposed quarantine risk a fine of 10,000 dollars.
More than 32,000 people have died from Covid-19 in New York State, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The city was the epicenter of the US outbreak in the spring, but then managed to keep it under control, even as cases started to rise again in other parts of the country from the end of June.