New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has warned residents that they could face fines ranging from $250 to $500 for violating social distancing guidelines. De Blasio’s comments come in conjunction with Donald Trump‘s decision to extend social distancing guidelines through April 30, 2020.
“You’ve been warned and warned and warned again … When we say you can go out for some exercise, we’re not saying you can linger,” de Blasio said on Sunday.
“We’re not saying you can make a day of it. We’re saying go out, get a minimum amount of exercise and go back indoors. We will be enforcing this but with understanding for the challenges that people are facing, for how new this is,” he added.
New York now leads the nation in COVID-19 related deaths. With 776 deaths, the city accounts for just under a third of the deaths in the entire country. Moreover, the city accounts for more COVID-19 related deaths than Turkey, Brazil, Portugal and South Korea combined.