The New York City Police Department (NYPD) said it has patroled thousands of businesses, restaurants, and public spaces to enforce and educate the public on social distancing.
New York Gov Andrew Cuomo ordered all nonessential businesses in the state to close by 8 pm on Sunday, March 22, to help lessen the spread of the new coronavirus. Pharmacies and grocery stores, among other essential businesses, would remain open, he said.
The NYPD said officers checked in on more than 1,500 supermarkets, 5,000 bars and restaurants, and more than 700 public spaces on Monday from 8 am to 11 pm. Many of the places visited were closed, according to the NYPD.
This video, shared by NYPD Chief of Patrol Fausto Pichardo, shows an NYPD car rolling through John V Lindsay East River Park in Manhattan as a social distancing announcement plays over a loudspeaker.
“This is the New York City Police Department. Due to the current health emergency, members of the public are reminded to keep a safe distance of six feet from others while in public places to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Please help us keep you safe. Thank you for your cooperation,” the announcement said.
New York City has reported 192 deaths from COVID-19 as of March 25. Credit: @NYPDChiefPatrol via Storyful