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New York Warns of COVID ‘Checkpoints’ for Thanksgiving

Wasn’t this supposed to be a two-week lockdown back around Saint Patrick’s Day?

There have long been fears that the governmental response to coronavirus could send us to the doorstep of a disease-dictated dystopia here in the United States, where personal freedom would take a back seat to the overzealous machinations of a spooked institution.

And, it really not hard to see what some were concerned about this.  We are conducting our business via screen these days, if we have any business to conduct at all.  We are far more solitary than ever before, and we have very few opportunities for mass, in-person entertainment, as music halls and sporting venues remain closed to the public.

Even our holidays have taken on a grim pall, with state and local authorities urging Americans to hold virtual, individual Thanksgivings, and even threatening prosecution should they ignore the warnings.

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In New York State, there are even COVID-19 “checkpoints” to be navigated. 

Law enforcement will be “out in-force” as the holidays approach, stopping vehicles at certain New York City checkpoints, and there will be “consequences” for violating quarantine requirements, Sheriff Joseph Fucito said on Tuesday.

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“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,” Fucito announcedduring a Tuesday press conference alongside Mayor Bill de Blasio (D).

“Sheriff 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,” he said, explaining that they will also be “serving Department of Health general orders for travelers arriving in New York, advising him of the quarantine and what they have to do in order to comply with the quarantine.”

Visitors to New York are legally required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival to the Empire State, which would mean that those hoping to travel to NY for Thanksgiving dinner with friends or family would have had to arrive at their quarantine location two weeks ago.

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