New York City to implement quarantine check points at key entry points

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Included have been months-long forced closure of many businesses and extreme limitations placed on businesses that have been allowed to resume some operations during incremental scaling back of closure orders.

Barbot, a pediatrician who was Baltimore's health commissioner from 2010 to 2014, was appointed as health commissioner in her native New York City in December 2018, becoming the first Latina to head the agency.

"There's a lot of New Yorkers who are wealthy, who are true believers in New York City, and will stand and fight with us - and there's some who may be fair-weather friends", he added. "There is no reason to avoid public settings, including subways and-most of all-our city's famous Chinese restaurants and small businesses".

"Each of those experiences further forged my conviction that we must build toward better health systems with prevention at the center and a more proactive approach to avoidable human suffering".

"Look around the country, all of the states, all of the cities that at one point were belittling New York City or looking at us as the place that couldn't handle the challenge, well, unfortunately for everyone, the tables have turned", de Blasio said.

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While people flying into NY from states designated as high-risk have for weeks been required to fill out questionnaires on the plane informing authorities of their contact information and where they will be quarantining, those arriving by train, bus, and vehicle were largely able to dodge this requirement.

Teams will be deployed at Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan on Thursday, he said, to ensure travelers stop to complete a travel form.

The city's descent into economic hardship and tyranny continues.

Mayor Bill de Blasio took a shot at Gov. Andrew Cuomo Thursday for trying to lure the wealthy back to NY with the promise of tax breaks - and said that he would like to raise taxes on the rich if federal coronavirus aid doesn't come through.

De Blasio said the new traveler registration checkpoints will be at major bridge and tunnel crossings to remind travelers coming from 34 impacted states and Puerto Rico about the mandatory quarantine. Sheriff Joseph Fucito said there will be "a random element" and every sixth or eighth auto on a bridge might be checked.

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Fucito said, "Compliance with the quarantine is our objective".

A fifth of all new cases in New York City are from out-of-state travelers, said Dr. Ted Long, who oversees the city's contact tracing program. And it comes with serious penalties.

Violators could face fines of up to $10,000.

The mayor said traffic congestion was a concern but that officials were still in talks about potentially moving around checkpoint locations or have them set up for "limited periods of time" to ease congestion.

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