Quarantine checkpoints in New York City: here’s what happens when vehicles are stopped

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STATEN ISLAND NY – In the past two days, the city has started rolling out its random checkpoint operation in an effort to impose a mandatory two-week quarantine on travelers from 35 high-infection states – a program the Blasio’s administration plans to “ramp up” in the coming days.

Checkpoints will be located near New York City bridges and tunnels.

Sheriff’s Department agents stop a car on Route 440 at a quarantine checkpoint near the Bayonne Bridge on August 7, 2020 (Steve White for Staten Island Advance)

So far, the Sheriff’s Office has set up checkpoints at Goethals Bridge, Bayonne Bridge and Outerbridge Crossing on Staten Island.

The notice issued by the mayor’s offices states that “anyone who has spent more than 24 hours in a state on the New York State Restricted List in the past 14 days” must register and quarantine, including including New York residents and “transient” people. “

Stops at checkpoints should only last a few minutes.

If stopped by the sheriff’s office, individuals may be asked about their recent trips out of state and in some cases will have individuals complete the form at the checkpoint. They also receive a checkpoint FAQ document and a “Fight COVID NYC!” »Flyer.

The health form can also be completed online a day before you arrive in New York.

The Mayors’ Office suggests taking a screenshot of the confirmation page once you have completed the form.

In addition to health forms, people stopped at checkpoints are given a flyer that reads “Fight COVID NYC”. (Steve White for the Staten Island Advance)

Those who refuse to complete the form will be fined $ 2,000, and travelers caught violating the two-week quarantine could be fined $ 10,000.

Mayor Bill De Blasio has indicated that the checkpoints could last for the foreseeable future, saying they could continue “as long as we think it makes sense, and as broadly as we think it makes sense.”

As the city has reduced COVID-19 transmission and positive test rates, the advisory says “we can’t afford to let our guard down now.”

Quarantine checkpoint near the Bayonne bridge

Sheriffs patrol Route 440 at a quarantine checkpoint near the Bayonne Bridge on August 7, 2020 (Steve White for Staten Island Advance)

“The first stops were around 200 vehicles, just like a test drive, that number will increase dramatically this weekend,” de Blasio told reporters at a press conference on Friday.

Check out the full list of high infection conditions here.

Quarantine checkpoint near the Bayonne bridge

Sheriffs stop the car at the quarantine checkpoint near the Bayonne Bridge on August 7, 2020 (Steve White for Staten Island Advance)

Quarantine checkpoint near the Bayonne bridge

A New York sheriff monitors a quarantine checkpoint installed near the Bayonne Bridge on August 7, 2020 (Steve White for Staten Island Advance)

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