New York officials stopped 353 cars at the entrance to the Big Apple to warn visitors of the mandatory two-week quarantine rule.
Stops were made Wednesday through Friday at bridges and tunnels, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office, which also said 1,100 masks had been distributed.
Cars were randomly stopped and occupants were asked if they had spent more than 24 hours in the previous 14 days in any of New York’s restricted list state.
Anyone who answers yes must fill out a travel health form.
The city says the stops are “quick and educational.”
Visitors who violate the quarantine rules can be fined up to $ 10,000. There are 35 states plus Puerto Rico on the list.
The crackdown came last week when officials said one in five new COVID-19 infections in the city were from a foreign tourist.
New York cases are still low, with 0.93% of the 75,000 tests done statewide on Friday showing positive results. According to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office, there were five deaths from the coronavirus on Friday.
In France, where cases began to increase, more and more cities were demanding to wear masks in private areas.
The glamorous French Riviera resort town of Saint-Tropez has been covered in veil starting Saturday. And Paris is expected to expand the masking measure to crowded parts of the city on Monday.
There were more than 2,000 new infections in France on Friday, the biggest one-day increase since May.
Meanwhile, the coronavirus outbreak continues to affect the cruise ship industry, with many workers still trapped on board months after the United States banned such sailings in March.
Nearly 13,000 workers are still working on 57 ships that are “anchored, anchored or in progress in the vicinity of a US port, or are likely to dock in the United States,” said Brittany Panetta, a lieutenant. commander and US Coast Guard spokesman, told USA TODAY.
Coast Guard estimated that 209 Americans were present on 37 ships. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said they had listed 53 US crew members on 22 cruise ships in US waters, the paper reported.
Some of them may be working, as opposed to being stuck.
CDC last month extended the ban on US cruise ships’ trips through September.