Rockland schools, childcare programs could be fined $2,000 for COVID-19 violations

The consequence for letting children go without masks is more than just a slap on the wrist for schools and childcare programs in Rockland County.

News 12 Staff

Oct 17, 2020, 11:21 AM

Updated 1,366 days ago

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The consequence for letting children go without masks is more than just a slap on the wrist for schools and childcare programs in Rockland County.
Schools, childcare programs, and transportation companies could be fined $2,000 if they're not making sure all the kids are wearing face masks.
Rockland County Executive Ed Day says that fine will be issued for every violation, every single day.
This order applies to every child over the age of 2. It still allows for scheduled mask breaks, when students can take off their face coverings while safely distant from each other.
The Rockland County Health commissioner's order also states that if faculty, staff or visitors are not wearing a face covering, fines will be issued for that as well.
"The primary focus of this is going to be on the bus transportation, which frankly we have gotten a lot of calls," Day says. "I cannot begin to tell you how many people have called and shown and give us videos and pictures of children on buses without masks and that is a problem."
Day's office says that if, for example a school bus is dropping off kids without masks every day at 8:30 a.m., inspectors will go to that location to observe any possible violations.
The county asks that people report violations over the phone or via email.


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