Monday, April 6, 2020

Coronavirus: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo doubles maximum fine for breaking social distancing rules to $1,000 as state cases rise

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday he is doubling to $1,000 the maximum fine for violating the state’s strict social distancing rules during the coronavirus outbreak.

The reason: Too many New Yorkers aren’t taking the rules seriously, he said. He spoke less than a week before Easter and two days before the start of Passover at sundown Wednesday.

“It’s not about your life,” Cuomo said at a press conference in Albany. “You don’t have the right to risk someone else’s life.”

“You don’t have the right, frankly, to take health-care staff and people who are literally putting their lives on the line and be cavalier or reckless with them. You just don’t have the right,” Cuomo said.

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