De Blasio enacts emergency coronavirus price gouging rule


NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- As the cases of coronvirus climbed to 463 in New York City, Maor Bill de Blasio enacted an emergency rule to help combat price gouging.

Effective immediately, if anyone sells items related to the virus like toilet paper, rubbing alcohol and hand sanitizer, for example, they will be fined $350 per item, the mayor said Monday.

"If you should see price gouging, call 311 and be specific," de Blasio said.


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Of the 463 cases in NYC, this is the following breakdown by borough:

Manhattan: 111

Brooklyn: 62

The Bronx: 34

Staten Island: 19

Queens: 118

The mayor said four closed facilities will be brough back online immediately as well as a new facility bringing the number of new beds to 8,300.

Mayor de Blasio also said the city will also soon be rolling out an "isolation app" and that this will get a lot worse before it gets better.

"The answer is not fear. The answer is not panic. The answer is for us to support and look out for each other," de Blasio said.

Also on Monday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, N.J. Gov. Phil Murphy and Conn. Gov. Ned Lamont banded together and announced closures in each of their states.

Effective 8 p.m. Monday across the Tri-State:

-Crowd capacity reduced to 50-Restaurants/bars will be takeout/delivery ONLY-Gyms closed-Movie theaters closed-Casinos closed

The closures are until "further notice," Cuomo later announced at a press conference. 

The governors said essential businesses such as supermarkets and gas stations will be able to stay open after 8 p.m.