Task force begins patrols to crack down on Rockland COVID-19 violations
Beginning today, members of the new task
force will begin patrolling
Rockland's red zone areas.
Ramapo town employees are
joining forces with the state to crack down on non-compliance of COVID-19 safety guidelines
in Rockland County, especially in the designated
red zone areas.
today, members of the new task force will begin patrolling Rockland's red zone areas. Six employees have gone through training to become
part of a COVID-19 enforcement task force and have the ability to hand out
fines of up to $15,000.
According to Ramapo town officials, the employees are from code
enforcement and parking enforcement, with at least one person fluent in
Due to a spike in COVID-19
cases, Gov. Andrw Cuomo launched enforcement zones, or red zones that included
portions of Ramapo. The
Village of Spring Valley, located within Ramapo, saw one of the biggest spikes
in the state.
As a result, strict
regulations were issued, schools were closed, and religious gatherings limited
to just 10 people. All have been designed to stop the spread of the virus.
But, non-compliance has been
"I think if they were properly trained and given the understanding of what to do and how to do it then I think that sounds great, God knows we need it," says Marty Gilbert, of Suffern.
Ramapo officials say the
hope is with more eyes watching, people will comply with the rules.
"They'll be going out in teams of twos and threes to visit sites to
monitor for compliance and to do enforcement if there is a lack of
compliance," says Town of Ramapo Supervisor Michael Specht.
Another five part-time town workers will be made available next week,
Specht said, if the state needs them. Village workers were out with the
governor's task force. "We have visited several locations to ensure
compliance with the executive order of the governor," he said.
Rockland County staff from
the Department of Health and Fire and Emergency Services also took part in the
New York State Police Task Force on Friday. "Monday we will be adding
Consumer Protection staff to bring our total contribution to 15," said
county spokesman John Lyon.