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IPFS News Link • New York

New York sends mask squad to enforce COVID-19 rules in lax counties

•, By Carl Campanile and Bernadette Hogan

"The DOH is responsible for community outreach and enforcement of Executive Orders and regulations related to the use of face-coverings/masks and social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19," the department said in a Monday email to employees in its office of health insurance programs.

"Staff is needed for immediate URGENT deployment to Orange and Rockland counties to assist with this critical public health and community enforcement effort," the recruitment pitch to staffers in the agency's office of health insurance programs obtained by the Post said.

The request asked staffers to volunteer for shifts in Orange and Rockland that run from Saturday, Dec. 5 through Friday, Dec. 11 and consequent weeks through New Year's Day.

Workers who volunteer for the Orange-Rockland mask squad will be eligible for overtime pay.