Cuomo Says Police Will STOP CARS With Non-NY Plates

( Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday that cars entering New York may be stopped by police officers. Non-NY license plates will now be a legitimate reason for police officers to pull drivers over and ask them questions about why they are in New York, where they are staying, and more. The Democratic governor said that law enforcement in the state would also expect businesses in New York, as well as hotel clerks, to question people from out of state why they are there.

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The move comes as New York slowly begins to reopen its economy after being hit extremely hard by the Chinese coronavirus. The state has seen the most cases and the most deaths than anywhere else in the country, and while the rate of infection is going down, local officials are wary of the possibility that it may begin to spread again.

Owing to the fact that the state of New York is home to New York City, one of the most densely populated cities in the country, it is a very real possibility.

“You’re stopped by a police officer who says, ‘You’re driving a car from Florida. Weren’t you supposed to be on quarantine for 14 days?’” Cuomo said, citing new rules that people from out of state must be quarantined for two weeks after entering New York.

The rule says that any travelers who come from Texas, Utah, Washington, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, Arizona, Arkansas, or Alabama will be told to enter self-quarantine for 14 days to reduce the chances of bringing the virus back to the state and spreading it.

The new quarantining rule came into effect in New York on Wednesday evening. The decision was also made by the Democrat governors of Connecticut and New Jersey to implement the rule in their states, too.

“Tonight, 12:00, get on a plane quickly,” Cuomo joked during a press briefing. “You violate the quarantine, you will then have to do mandatory quarantine and you will be fined.”

New York residents were also warned that if they travel to another state for a vacation, and if that state has high infection rates, they will also be required to quarantine for two weeks once they return.