NYC setting up checkpoints for holidays to enforce quarantine rules

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The New York City Sheriff's Office will have teams out in force as the holidays approach to make sure people are complying with the state's quarantine rules.

"We're going to make sure that people are reminded constantly throughout this whole holiday season that if you travel there are very clear rules that you have to follow," Mayor Bill de Blasio said during his daily briefing Tuesday. "You're going to see the presence of the city of New York when you travel, particularly through our Sheriff's Office, you're going to see that there are really clear rules to be followed and they will be enforced."

The mayor added that there will be "substantial financial penalties" if those rules are not followed.

"No one likes that, no one wants to do that at the holidays but we will do it to keep people safe," de Blasio said.

Last month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced out-of-state travelers can "test-out" of New York's mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Those who were in another state with a high coronavirus infection rate for more than 24 hours must obtain a test within three days of arriving in New York, then quarantine for three days upon arrival, and get another COVID-19 test on the fourth day. Both tests must come back negative to avoid the 14-day quarantine.

Travelers who were only out of state for less than 24 hours do not need to quarantine but must get a test on their fourth day in New York.

The guidance does not apply to travelers from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont.

To ensure compliance, Sheriff Joseph Fucito said there will be vehicle checkpoints at key bridges and crossings throughout the city.

The Sheriff's Office will also be conducting checkpoints at curbside dropoff bus stops, where teams will meet travelers coming in from out of state.