New Castle to crack down on social distancing violators after COVID-19 outbreak

First time social distancing violators could face up to $10,000 in fines.

News 12 Staff

Jun 30, 2020, 1:14 PM

Updated 1,480 days ago

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New Castle is taking major steps to stop the spread of COVID-19 just a few days after the outbreak of a new coronavirus cluster.
After 14 new virus cases have been linked to graduation ceremonies of Horace Greeley High School, the New Castle Police Department says it is enacting new, stricter, social distancing enforcement.
New Castle Deputy Town Supervisor Jeremy Saland says parents need to take more control in their children’s lives.
"They have to make sure their children are informed, they have to be aware and they have to be involved and take a stand,” says Saland.
State health officials say two families recently traveled to Florida and attended the graduation at the train station.
Chief of Police James D. Carroll says he is adding more officers to enforce Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s COVID-19 executive orders. He says violators can be charged with the following crimes:
  • Violation of Health Law (PBH § 12-B) – criminal misdemeanor; up to $10,000 for a first-time violation and/or up-to one-year imprisonment.
  • Violation of Health Law (PBH § 12) – civil violation; up to $2,000 for a first-time violation and $5,000 for repeat violations.
  • 10 NYCRR 66-3.2 Section 66-3.2. Non-essential gatherings prohibited – civil violation; maximum fine of $1,000 for each violation.
  • Disorderly Conduct, PenalLaw § 240.20 (6) – criminal violation; up to a $250 fine and fifteen days in jail.
The town of New Castle will not institute stricter measures although there was a spike in COVID-19 cases. 
Saland believes there isn’t a reason to, saying in part, “The community is safe, we're open for business, everything is going well. It's just, unfortunately there some folks that now have the coronavirus, we're taking proper steps and following what we should be doing."
Police are asking that if anyone observes a social distancing violation that they call (914) 238-4422.
Officials are also urging anyone who attended the graduation ceremony or ‘field night’ to quarantine until July 5.
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