NYC’s COVID checkpoints are back: Cops will be out ‘in force’ at bridges, crossings and bus stations

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New York City’s COVID checkpoints are back: Cops will be out ‘in force’ at bridges, crossings and bus stations to question Thanksgiving travelers from out of state

  • Sheriff Joseph Fucito announced the measures Tuesday alongside Bill de Blasio
  • ‘Sheriff teams will be out in-force…at key bridges and crossings ‘, he said 
  • DailyMail.com has contacted the Mayor’s office for more on their exact locations
  • Checkpoints first went up in August with photos showing sheriff’s officers at the Goethals Bridge toll plaza between New Jersey and Staten Island
  • Travelers into New York are required to have a negative test before arriving and then again four days into their trip; if that’s negative, they can stop quarantining 

New York City‘s COVID-19 checkpoints are back with police out ‘in force’ at bridges, crossings and bus stations to question Thanksgiving travelers from out of state. 

Sheriff Joseph Fucito announced the measures in a joint press conference with Mayor Bill de Blasio Tuesday. 

Fucito said: ‘Sheriff teams will be out in-force as the holidays approach. There will be vehicle checkpoints at key bridges and crossings throughout New York City. 

‘They will also be conducting checkpoints at curbside drop off bus stops – so, out-of-state buses coming into New York City, when they drop off at the curb, they will be met by sheriff teams.’ 

DailyMail.com has contacted the Mayor’s office for exact details on which bridges and crossings officers will be based at. 

Checkpoints first went up in August with photos taken by DailyMail.com then showing sheriff’s officers at the Goethals Bridge toll plaza between New Jersey and Staten Island. The sheriff’s department scanned plates and pulled people over.

New York City’s COVID-19 checkpoints are back with police out ‘in force’ at bridges, crossings and bus stations to question Thanksgiving travelers from out of state. The George Washington Bridge is pictured linking New York and New Jersey. DailyMail.com has contacted the Mayor’s office for exact details on which bridges and crossings officers will be based at

Vehicles enter Manhattan, New York, through the Lincoln Tunnel. Travelers into New York state are required to have a negative test before arriving and then again four days into their trip. If that’s negative, they can stop quarantining

Vehicles enter Manhattan, New York, through the Lincoln Tunnel. Travelers into New York state are required to have a negative test before arriving and then again four days into their trip. If that’s negative, they can stop quarantining

Thanksgiving travellers in Penn station on Tuesday. They are required to fill out forms coming into the city at airports, Penn Station and the Port Authority Bus Terminal

Thanksgiving travellers in Penn station on Tuesday. They are required to fill out forms coming into the city at airports, Penn Station and the Port Authority Bus Terminal

Travelers into New York state are required to have a negative test before arriving and then again four days into their trip. If that’s negative, they can stop quarantining. 

Cuomo announced the changes last month saying travelers from all non-neighboring states arriving without proof of a negative test won’t be stopped from entering the state, but will be required to quarantine for 14 days. 

They are also required to fill out forms coming into the city at airports, Penn Station and the Port Authority Bus Terminal. 

The rules don’t apply to neighboring states and New Yorkers who are out-of-state for less than 24 hours only need to take a coronavirus test within four days of returning to the state. 

Sheriff Joseph Fucito, pictured, announced the measures in a joint press conference with Mayor Bill de Blasio Tuesday

De Blasio, pictured, said Tuesday the city has a seven-day positive test rate of 3.17 per cent

Sheriff Joseph Fucito, left, announced the measures in a joint press conference with Mayor Bill de Blasio, right, Tuesday. De Blasio said the city has a seven-day positive test rate of 3.17%

About 1 million Americans a day packed airports and planes over the weekend even as coronavirus deaths surged across the U.S. and public health experts begged people to stay home and avoid big Thanksgiving gatherings. 

De Blasio said Tuesday the city has a seven-day positive test rate of 3.17 per cent amid a worrying uptick in cases that saw public schools closed to in person learning last week. The city has a seven-day average of 1,476 new cases. 

New York state has averaged nearly 5,500 new cases per day over the past seven days. 

Test and trace tests will also be out in the city to help travelers with the rules, authorities said. 

The Goethals Bridge toll linking New York to New Jersey is pictured in August

The Goethals Bridge toll linking New York to New Jersey is pictured in August

A Department of Health checkpoint at Port Authority Bus Station in August.

A Department of Health checkpoint at Port Authority Bus Station in August. 

De Blasio said Tuesday: ‘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.

‘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.’ 

Those who violate the rules face a fine of $2,000, he added.            

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged Americans not to travel or spend the holiday with people outside their household.

New cases of the virus in the U.S. have rocketed to all-time highs, averaging more than 170,000 per day, and deaths have soared to over 1,500 a day, the highest level since the spring. 

The virus is blamed for more than a quarter-million deaths in the U.S. and over 12 million confirmed infections. 

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