New York City Erects Checkpoints to Warn Travelers to Self-Quarantine or Face $10,000 fines
Article from For Liberty by Norm Leahy.
New York City has established checkpoints and begun stopping non-residents to warn them they must self-quarantine for 14 days of facing fines of up to $10,000.
Cars were stopped randomly and occupants asked if they spent more than 24 hours during the previous 14 days in any state on New York’s restricted list.
Anyone who answered yes had to fill out a traveler health form.
The city says the stops are “quick and educational.”
New York state, along with New Jersey and Connecticut, has created a list of states considered “hotspots” of coronavirus infection. Visitors or residents returning from those states must self-quarantine of face penalties.
Earlier in the year, when New York state was a coronavirus hotspot, Rhode Island stopped cars with New York plates and in some cases, sent officers door-to-door to identify New York residents.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said those actions were “clearly unconstitutional” and threatened to sue Rhode Island if it continued to single out his state’s residents. Rhode Island ended its policy after Cuomo’s threat of legal action.
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