New York City residents will face a hefty fine if they refuse to wear a mask in public this fall, according to Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio.
People who refuse to wear a mask or face covering will be fined up to $1,000, NPRreported. The policy was announced after New York City officials announced a spike in the local positivity rate for coronavirus tests.
“We don’t want to fine people, but if we have to, we will,” de Blasio said during a press conference on Tuesday.
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