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NYSDOH allows civil fines for not wearing masks, social distancing

Posted at 10:00 PM, Jul 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-23 08:54:49-04

(NEW YORK) WKBW — The New York State Department of Health issued an amendment to public health regulations related to COVID-19 on Thursday, including the addition of a civil fine for failure to maintain social distancing or wearing a face covering in public.

According to the amended law, individuals who violate requirements, including wearing a mask, "are subject to a maximum fine of $1,000 for each violation." Businesses could face additional penalties for violations on property.

The enforcement of public health rules is primarily done at a local level.

To read the amended law in full, click here.