Bill de Blasio failed to say Thursday how many NYPD officials were fined for not wearing masks after announcing they should face "penalties" for disregarding mandate.
The mayor said Wednesday that he would fines anyone who does not wear a mask in public after the city's COVID-19 infection rate rose above 3 percent for the first time since June.
He said penalties should also apply to police officers, many of whom were spotted without a face covering while en route.
"Our officials should have the same standard as all citizens, all public standards," he said at a press conference. "If not, there should be penalties."
Bill de Blasio had said police officers should be "held to the same standard as all citizens" and should be punished for not wearing masks
The mayor admitted on Thursday that he did not know how many police officers were punished. NYPD officials have been spotted walking without face covering for the past few months. Pictured: Police officers at a protest in Brooklyn on September 13th
De Blasio's remarks come six months after Governor Cuomo issued an order requiring all New York residents to wear masks when social distancing is not an option.
It is a state law that everyone in public places must wear face covering or risk fines for over two years.
Cuomo also asked earlier this week why so few members of the NYPD were obeying the order.
“Why doesn't the NYPD wear masks? What signal is that sending? & # 39; said the governor on Tuesday.
"Wearing a mask is the law, but the cop who is supposed to enforce the law doesn't wear a mask."
During a press conference on Thursday, de Blasio did not say how many police officers have been fined so far and said he did not know exactly what penalty they would face.
The COVID-19 infection rate in New York City has risen to 1.52 percent as cases continue to rise in 10 postcodes in Brooklyn and Queens
Brooklyn District President Eric Adams is handing out masks in Borough Park this week after the area, with its high Orthodox Jewish population, reported a surge in COVID-19 cases
“There are obviously a number of disciplinary sanctions that the NYPD can use for this particular crime. We'll come back to that in a moment, ”the mayor told reporters.
“You have to live up to the law and people have to see you live up to the law. I want us to get these numbers from how many people were punished.
“Not because I enjoy it. I would love it if a single officer didn't have to be punished. And there will be times when officers will literally have to take off a mask, especially when they are eating or drinking.
“But unless there is a legitimate reason they should be wearing a mask like everyone else. If not, there should be a penalty and you should see the results, ”he said.
As coronavirus cases rise in the city, De Blasio said he will act aggressively against people who break the rule and the police will impose fines.
The average infection rate after seven days was 1.38 percent on Tuesday, but has since increased to 1.52 percent, the latest figures from Mayor Bill de Blasio showed on Thursday
New York City recorded 394 coronavirus infections on Thursday, the highest daily average for new cases in at least a month
The clusters in the 10 zip codes had increased the average rate of infection across the city, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday
New York City recorded 394 coronavirus infections on Thursday, the highest daily average for new cases in at least a month. It's lower than the average high of more than 5,000 a day in April
First, they offer people a free mask if they aren't already wearing one. If they refuse, they will be punished, he said, without saying how much they would be punished.
Cuomo had previously directed the MTA to fine anyone on public transport who did not wear a mask of $ 50. It's unclear if that's as high as they'll go.
The COVID-19 infection rate in New York City has risen to 1.52 percent as the number of cases continues to rise in 10 postcodes in Brooklyn and Queens.
The clusters in the 10 postcodes would have led to an increase in the average infection rate across the city, de Blasio said on Thursday.
The average infection rate after seven days was 1.38 percent on Tuesday, but has since increased to 1.52 percent, the latest figures show.
New York City recorded 394 coronavirus infections on Thursday, the highest daily average for new cases in at least a month.
The 10 postcodes in Brooklyn and Queens are now also part of the 20 hotspot postcodes in New York state, which together have an average infection rate of 6.5 percent, said Gov Andrew Cuomo on Thursday.
NYPD police officers wear masks in Times Square on September 22nd
These 20 hotspot clusters have not resulted in a nationwide increase in the infection rate, which is currently 1.27 percent.
Before the recent increase in NYC, the positivity rate – that is the percentage of positive results in the total number of tests carried out – was around one percent for a long time.
According to the authorities, the surge in cases in Brooklyn neighborhoods is occurring with significant numbers of Orthodox Jews and coincides with gatherings associated with the recent Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur holidays.
Zip code zip codes made up about 25 percent of new daily cases in the city over the past two weeks.
While NYC's positivity rates remain low compared to other major cities across the country, de Blasio said the increase is worrying.
The latest figures were released on a day the latest wave of students returned to face-to-face classes at schools across the city.
De Blasio warned that if the average positivity rate in NYC exceeded 3 percent, he would close schools again.