New York City issued more than $150,000 in fines to 'non-compliant' people and entities violating lockdown rules during the first weekend of newly imposed COVID-19 restrictions.
City Hall boasted about the figures on its Twitter account, noting that even churches were slapped with financial punishments:
To keep all of New York City safe, we must work together. The recent COVID outbreaks in Brooklyn and Queens will continue to receive additional FREE resources and strong enforcement.— City of New York (@nycgov) October 11, 2020
Those who received the fines were not adhering to rules regarding gatherings, the mask mandate and social distancing requirements, according to the City.
The New York Times reports that the houses of worship could face fines of up to $15,000, according to Sheriff Joseph Fucito.
One particular group ignoring the lockdown rules are reportedly Orthodox Jews, who continue to gather en mass.