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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Imposes $1000 Fines for Not Wearing Masks in Public

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Imposes $1000 Fines for Not Wearing Masks in Public

He also threatened private schools with closure if they don’t follow the rules.

Positive coronavirus tests in New York City recently went above 3%, causing Mayor Bill de Blasio to impose fines for those who do not wear masks in public.

Nine zip codes have seen a rise in coronavirus cases, including Brooklyn, Queens, and Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods.

From New York Daily News:

“For the first time in quite a while, the daily number is over 3% and that is cause for real concern,” de Blasio said at a press conference, noting that clusters in nine ZIP codes account for one in four coronavirus cases for the entire city.

“This is an inflection point,” he continued. “We have to take more action at this point and more serious action and we will be escalating with each day depending on what we see happening on the ground.”

Steps announced Tuesday include fines of up to $1,000 for people who refuse to wear masks in these neighborhoods: Gravesend/Homecrest, Midwood, Kew Gardens, Edgemere/Far Rockaway, Borough Park, Bensonhurst/Mapleton, Gerritsen Beach/Homecrest/Sheepshead Bay and Flatlands/Midwood.

De Blasio said the city does “not want to fine people.” City workers will provide free masks for people.

If the person refuses the mask, then the city will issue them a fine of up to $1,000.

De Blasio also threatened private schools with closure if they “don’t follow rules such as mask use and maintaining at least 6 feet of distance between individuals.”

The city will begin monthly random tests in schools next week. Almost half of the city’s schools chose to do remote learning.

The principals of the schools asked New York state to take over the school system, “alleging dangerous ineptitude by the de Blasio administration in its handling of the reopening of classes amid the coronavirus.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo again warned that his administration might take action:

“If those schools are not safe, I will not allow them to operate. Period,” Cuomo told reporters.

“The state can close down any school in the state of New York,” he said. “New York City, Buffalo, Long Island — you have my word as a parent, as a citizen, as your representative — if a school is not safe, I will not allow them to operate.”


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notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | September 30, 2020 at 4:05 pm

Dems Caught On Hot Mic Saying Wearing Masks Is ‘Political Theater’

WOLF: “So Wendy, I’m going to take — I’m going to take my mask off when I speak, so — ”

ULLMAN: “I will as well, just, I’m waiting so that we can do a little political theater. (laughs) So that it’s on camera.”

Weasel Zippers

Why would any sane person go to NYC?

    Tom Servo in reply to ray. | September 30, 2020 at 5:56 pm

    That’s what I was thinking about this story – really, anything that convinces more people to leave NYC and never come back is fine by me.

      As long as they stay in a blue state. They move, but with a few exceptions to prove the rule they don’t change their voting habits.

    Arminius in reply to ray. | September 30, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    Two cities I never wanted to visit are New York and Chicago.

    Mayors DeBlasio and Lightfoot, along with Governors Cuomo and Pritzker, are doing nothing to change my mind. In fact, they’re confirming I was right all along.

    Brave Sir Robbin in reply to ray. | September 30, 2020 at 8:33 pm

    I wrote a long screed, but then deleted it. I am becoming ever more cynical and angry with each passing day. It cannot be healthy, but how else should I react? How long can I stand by passively while the nation and its great people are utterly ruined? I still have restraint, and must take care to tend it well in these trying times, even when so many write, bray, and act without any such care at all.

    Vote the bastards out. Vote them out; each and every one. If we do not, then, as a people, we get what we truly deserve.

What the fine for being an incompetent mayor?? Son of Mario the PIous wants to send in teh Nation Guard if you don’t lock it down.

    henrybowman in reply to 2smartforlibs. | September 30, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    Instead of a fine, let’s construct an interesting ordeal. DeBlasio gets to keep his mask on, but the health department gets to house all new positive-testing senior citizens in his office suite.


    Milhouse in reply to gonzotx. | September 30, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    Nope. There’s no such thing in NY. Nor can a mayor be impeached. The governor can fire a mayor for cause, but De Blasio’s backup is Jumaaane Williams (or however many As there are in his name), who’s almost certain to be even worse than him.

      Tom Servo in reply to Milhouse. | September 30, 2020 at 5:59 pm

      New York voters resoundingly chose this guy to be their leader. They richly deserve to be punished for that. Gozer gave them the choice, and they gladly chose the form of their Destructer.

        Brave Sir Robbin in reply to Tom Servo. | September 30, 2020 at 7:59 pm

        The people get the government they deserve.

          How about those of us who didn’t vote for him? Why do we get the government they deserve?

          Brave Sir Robbin in reply to Brave Sir Robbin. | September 30, 2020 at 10:45 pm

          Because very unfortunately, that’s just the way it works. If you are stuck on a ship of fools, you have to either reduce the number of fools, very preferably via enlightenment, to at least a minority that can be controlled or managed, or you have to get off the ship. Sometimes that’s hard because you are sentimentally bound to the ship, or you would need to leave loved ones or it may be difficult to take them with you, or there may be no good point of land or better ship to go to in a world of fools. In any event, the people, writ large and by their collective choices and actions, or inactions, get the government the deserve, always and forever.

          I detect you may be more idealist than I, Milhouse. Idealism is endearing, but quite out of season.

So the Mayor is focusing his public health enforcement on the areas where the data are showing a problem. Will he allow NYPD to focus law enforcement in areas where the data likewise shows a need? Guessing a no on that.

If masks are so effective for last 7 months and there still is outbreaks what good are face masks?

    Milhouse in reply to Skip. | September 30, 2020 at 4:43 pm

    I don’t believe in them either, but that’s not a valid question. Supposing they worked at all, they can only do so when people wear them. In the Jewish neighborhoods almost nobody has been wearing them since June.

      The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Milhouse. | September 30, 2020 at 4:55 pm

      I’d be willing to bet the Chinese Virus figures there are no different, or even lower due to herd immunity.

        Allegedly they are significantly higher, but there’s reason to be skeptical.

        First, the zip codes showing the so-called “spikes” in cases include our neighborhoods, but also places where very few of us live. But the focus, from the press and the mayor, is only on us, as if we were Typhoid Marys endangering the whole city.

        Second, the Jewish schools have all opened, and the kids have been tested, thus explaining much if not all of the “spike”. Public schools are still closed, so the kids have not been tested, so no spike in those areas.

        Third, last week the NY Post falsely reported three WuFlu deaths in our community. This just did not happen. We would know if it had. Someone just made the story up and fed it to the Post.

        Fourth, a newspaper cameraman was spotted in Borough Park waiting to film Jews walking in the street without masks. Almost everyone was wearing them (not because they believe in it but because they were told that not wearing them puts the community at risk of school closures), but he was waiting to film the few who weren’t. Meanwhile non-Jews without masks walked right by him and he wasn’t interested in filming them.

          Brave Sir Robbin in reply to Milhouse. | September 30, 2020 at 8:08 pm

          I might suggest Jewish residents of NYC start to wear masks with a gold Star of David emblazoned on them. Just to make the point of the actual intention of the Mayor and his supporters.

          It’s a new sort of blood libel he is peddling that essentially asserts UNCLEAN JEWS caused the COVID epidemic and killed all those people in the nursing homes, and those JEWS must be controlled. Can the pogrom really be so far behind?

          Of all the people in all the world, the Jews need the second amendment. Why do any forsake it?

          henrybowman in reply to Milhouse. | September 30, 2020 at 8:27 pm

          One thing is for sure, they are one of the major forces behind electing all the officials who are destroying it. I can’t explain that either, but the numbers are there.

          Milhouse in reply to Milhouse. | September 30, 2020 at 8:46 pm

          Not really. The various Jewish communities generally vote as blocs, which is useful for community leaders in getting politicians’ attention and promises, but at the end of the day our vote isn’t big enough to swing an election that isn’t close. Which means we can’t elect a Republican to local office, even though the vast majority of us do vote Republican in national elections.

          What we can sometimes do is swing a Democrat primary. And since there’s usually nothing to pick and choose morally between Democrat candidates, it comes down to who makes the best promises to the leaders, whether in terms of access to city programs or leaving us alone on religious practices and our way of life.

          A city government that was hostile to us could seriously interfere with some of our institutions that are vulnerable to legal action, if it is brought. We look for candidate who will use executive discretion in our favor.

          For instance if the city wanted to, it could easily shut down the Kaporos facilities that spring up every year for a few days before Yom Kippur. A few years ago a leftist group sued the city demanding that it enforce the law against us. The court dismissed the suit because of executive discretion. A mayor who didn’t care about starting up with us could decide to enforce the city codes strictly and we would have to travel out of the city every year to do it, at great expense and inconvenience.

          Worse, a hostile mayor could try to shut down some of our schools or drive them underground. Most schools would probably survive in the end, but it would be a difficult struggle. Better to have a mayor who isn’t interested in starting that fight.

          henrybowman in reply to Milhouse. | October 1, 2020 at 3:18 pm

          You’re talking New York. My observation was nationwide.

          Milhouse in reply to Milhouse. | October 1, 2020 at 8:20 pm

          Excuse me? Nationwide Jews are not “one of the major forces behind electing all the officials who are destroying it”. The Jewish vote in most of the nation is negligible. The Jewish dollar is a little more significant, but not nearly enough to swing most seats.

Liberty is a terrible thing to waste.

If Antifa were really anti-fascist they’d be acfter De Blahblah.

Serious question: will the mayor impose a fine on BLM/Antifa brownshirts if they refuse to wear a mask while burning, looting and murdering (in the holy name of Social Justice)?

From Johns Hopkins daily fatality numbers
Last week NY 49, week before 66, 4 weeks ago 36, 5 > 34, 6 > 44, 7 > 42, 8 > 40, 9 > 58, 10 > 66.
But 3 weeks ago Sept 11 7,649 were added in 1 day which sure boosted that country number to 200,000 in a hurry.
Been logging NY, NJ and Pa since 25 of May.

His diktats are just that. They aren’t law. No consent of the governed or their representatives was ever obtained.

Even so, a ticketed citizen will still have to go through process to fight this. So often, the process is the punishment. Even if you prevail in the end.

And a 1,000 bucks! Read him the 8th Amendment.

He’s also requiring schools to close if they have two positive cases! No matter how big the school is.

the daily number is over 3% and that is cause for real concern

It is? Why?

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | September 30, 2020 at 6:02 pm

Time to stuff the DEMS like de Lousio, uh…..the ballots…

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I wish NYC & Long Island would just secede from the sane, non-liberal part of New York (where I live)… Everything east of the Hudson can just slide into the ocean, as far as I’m concerned.

    Edward in reply to UJ. | September 30, 2020 at 11:18 pm

    Perhaps eliminate the Hudson Valley Region and points South plus the Capital Region? Might take out some normal people, but would do a fair job of taking out the politicians and the mass of Socialist/Communist voters.

    Eric R. in reply to UJ. | October 1, 2020 at 5:04 am

    The trouble is that all the metro areas Upstate are pretty lefty as well.

Enough, already.

“The state can close down any school in the state of New York,” he said. “New York City, Buffalo, Long Island — you have my word as a parent, as a citizen, as your representative — if a school is not safe, I will not allow them to operate.”

Quite a change from Gov. Granny Killer’s position on nursing homes.

    Yeah, Planned Parent (i.e. cross-contamination), the single greatest cause of excess deaths. Now, he cares. Wash your hands, and physically distance from people who are forcefully ejecting fluids (e.g. coughing, sneezing). That said, if you believe that a mask is effective, then you should also wear goggles. The eyes are a window to contagion.

    randian in reply to Arminius. | September 30, 2020 at 9:01 pm

    Children are future taxpayers to fleece. Many of the elderly he killed were likely costing NY State a bundle in Medicare.

Boy, the people of NYC sure are lucky to have a mayor who cares so much about them.

They should make him Mayor For Life.

Why would anyone want to go to such a filthy, horrendously expensive, crime riddled, rat infested city where you’re likely to get every disease known to man while you’re being robbed? Corona is the least of NYC’s problems.

Trump said it last night.

NYC will never recover from this self-inflicted insanity.

The last report I saw said that 85% of New York restaurants are now permanently closed. 85 freaking percent. The only ones that are really open are the national chains that can afford to take some level of losses for now.

And none of the Democrats are saying a single fucking word about this economic insanity.

These people are so utterly divorced from reality it bursts my brain.

    Milhouse in reply to Olinser. | September 30, 2020 at 8:51 pm

    The last report I saw said that 85% of New York restaurants are now permanently closed. 85 freaking percent. The only ones that are really open are the national chains that can afford to take some level of losses for now.

    That isn’t true. Not only are most of the kosher restaurants (none of which are part of any chain) open, but every day I pass by dozens of restaurants, none of which are in a chain, that have people sitting outside and eating. I don’t doubt that they’re struggling and many will eventually have to close, but so far they’re open.

In the best case, masks in general use are ineffective. In the worst case, they are a source of contamination and false sense of safety and security, which will increase spreading the virus. Still, if you wear a mask, don’t forget the goggles. The eyes are a window to contagion.

Having decided I’m not wearing a mask any longer (what’s the use, as someone recently said “They are very good as signals. People who are sick should wear a mask which would announce to everyone around them that they are sick. Otherwise masks, even US made N-95 masks (which are definitely not the K-95 Chinese masks)don’t do much to prevent the spread of the Wuhan ChiCom Flu.

    Edward in reply to Edward. | September 30, 2020 at 11:24 pm

    Finishing the thought, having decided I’m no longer wearing my Halloween mask, it’s a good thing I’m not in NYC. | October 1, 2020 at 3:05 am

Orthodox Jewish men generally have beards. Without a seal against bare skin, no mask or respirator can be very effective.

$1,000? Why such a half measure? The fine should be $100,000 and a confiscation of all property.

He does realize no one will pay them.

Will this be an exemption again?

De Blasio: Black Lives Matter Protests Exempt from Large-Event Ban

Me: What is the scientific basis for wearing a mask?
de B: Because I said so!

On this topic: Don’t Call Hasidim Anti-Science. From the lefty Forward, of all places.