Most New York coronavirus checkpoints, stops were in one borough – NBC Connecticut


New York City officials have focused almost exclusively on Staten Island for the city’s COVID-19 checkpoints, with authorities stopping more than 1,350 vehicles to register travelers returning from more than 30 states who are required to put quarantined for 14 days.

City data reviewed by Staten Island Advance also showed authorities have stopped just 36 vehicles in the tunnels leading to Manhattan since Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the checkpoints last week.

The mayor told a new conference Thursday that most checkpoints are on Staten Island, as that is where most of the traffic outside the city passes.

The only checkpoints in town for the first three days of the program were at Staten Island, with officials saying they were testing the program there before expanding it to other locations. The plans at the time included six checkpoint areas – the George Washington Bridge, the Goethals Bridge, the Bayonne Bridge, the Bridge Outer Passage, the Lincoln Tunnel and the Holland Tunnel.

The New York City Sheriff’s Office, however, has only visited the Lincoln and Holland tunnels twice, while guarding checkpoints on Staten Island every day since they opened on the 5th. August. De Blasio said new checkpoints are planned for the Bronx and other locations in the coming weeks.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said New York City would begin implementing checkpoints in all five boroughs to help enforce Governor Andrew Cuomo’s quarantine order for travelers to viral hotspots, citing the current national threat of COVID. NBC New York’s Ray Villeda reports.

State Senator Diane Savino, who represents parts of Staten Island and Brooklyn, called the policy “ridiculous.”

“I understand the idea behind this, it’s impossible to enforce and my only thought on why they might target (Staten Island) is that we have better pizzas,” she said.


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