New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday announced plans to implement checkpoints across the city to enforce restrictions on travelers from dozens of states experiencing a spike in COVID-19 cases.
He said the checkpoints will be set up at major bridge and tunnel entries into the city beginning Thursday.
Travelers arriving at airports and train stations from the restricted areas must also fill out forms.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in June announced a 14-day quarantine for travelers arriving in the state from 34 states and Puerto Rico, where coronavirus cases have been on the increase in recent weeks.
De Blasio said that while it’s difficult to catch everyone arriving in New York City from these locations, the checkpoints will help shore up efforts.
“The checkpoints are going to send a very powerful message that this quarantine is serious,” he said.
“Even if we can’t reach every single person I think it’ll get the message across.
“We don’t want to penalize people. We want to educate them, make sure they’re following the rules.”
De Blasio said the checkpoints will vary daily, but one will be at Penn Station and another at Port Authority.
He said the city plans to place checkpoints in locations where they won’t create major traffic problems.
Travelers stopped at a checkpoint must fill out a form; if they fail to submit it, they face a mandatory quarantine and a $2,000 fine.
New York City’s announcement comes one day after new cases of COVID-19 in the United States increased to nearly 60,000 after two straight days under 50,000.
Updated figures Wednesday from researchers at Johns Hopkins University showed 57,500 cases added for Tuesday.
That figure was 47,500 on Sunday and 45,400 Monday, and marked the first two-day national streak under 50,000 in more than a month.
The new data showed that 4.79 million cases have been diagnosed in the United States since the start of the pandemic.
There have been about 157,300 deaths.