New York introduces face mask fines

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New York City will impose fines on people who refuse to wear a face covering as the rate of positive tests for coronavirus climbed above 3% for the first time in months, mayor Bill de Blasio has said.

Officials will first offer free masks to those caught not wearing one. If the person refuses, they will face an unspecified fine, de Blasio told reporters.

“Our goal, of course, is to give everyone a free face mask,” de Blasio said. “We don’t want to fine people, but if we have to we will.”

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