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Enforcing social distancing guidelines a challenge, despite executive order and resident complaints

Officials in Ontario County are fielding complaints about social distancing practices, or the lack of them.

County Administrator Brian Young told the Board of Supervisors that complaints about a lack of face coverings in public spaces, and businesses that some residents feel are not complying with state requirements are the primary drivers of daily calls.

Planning Director Tom Harvey confirmed that Ontario County fielded a total of 90 complaints in April. He said that a visit by a code enforcement officer typically is enough to alert the business of requirements.

If need be, the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office can get involved, but law enforcement has balked at getting involved around New York State in other areas.

This is particularly due to enforcement challenges around executive orders, for which Governor Andrew Cuomo has said there is no criminal punishment.



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