NEW YORK (NewsNation Now) — People who refuse to wear face masks in public in New York face fines, Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday.
Free masks will be offered to people caught not wearing them, de Blasio said.
If people refuse to put them on, then they will face a fine.
De Blasio didn’t say who would enforce the new rules or how much the fines will be.
The announcement comes as the city’s coronavirus test positivity rate has risen above 3% for the first time since June.
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