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New York to fine those re­fus­ing to wear a mask

- New York City · York · York City F.C. · New York County, NY · Bill de Blasio

NEW YORK New York City will im­pose fines on peo­ple who refuse to wear a face cov­er­ing as the rate of pos­i­tive tests for the novel coro­n­avirus climbed above three per cent for the first time in months, Mayor Bill de Bla­sio said on Tues­day.

Of­fi­cials will first of­fer free masks. If the per­son re­fuses, they will face an un­spec­i­fied fine, de Bla­sio said.

“Our goal, of course, is to give every­one a free face mask,” de Bla­sio said. “We don’t want to fine peo­ple, but if we have to we will.”

The new rule ex­tends across the city a sim­i­lar pol­icy im­posed this month in which com­muters who refuse to wear a mask on public tran­sit face a $50 fine.

The city­wide daily pos­i­tive test rate was 3.25 per cent, which the mayor at­trib­uted in part to nine ar­eas.

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