Oneida County: Businesses face fines if they do not adhere to mask policy, public also warned about COVID-19 exposures

Coronavirus

UTICA, NY (WSYR-TV) — Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente says businesses will be fined if they do not enforce the requirment that staff and customers wear masks as mandated by the state of New York.

During a Monday afternoon update on COVID-19, Picente says he doesn’t want the progress Oneida County and state have made against the virus reversed because people are complacent.

“We cannot have this spread happen through carelessness or ignorance of the law, Picente said. “And I understand that the businesses do not want to be the bad guys. It’s not about being the bad guys it’s being the good guys. Good guys are wearing the masks, and good guys are adhering to social distancing.”

Picente says its not enough to put up signs or put up markers for social distancing if you are not going to enforce it.

He likened the mask requirement to New York’s law against smoking.

He says occasionally someone will try to light a cigarette where its prohibited, but the individual is quickly told to extinguish it.

The Oneida County Executive also warned about large gatherings, saying he was well aware that there were numerous high school graduation celebrations over the weekend.

He urged people to wear masks, and social distance, because all it takes is one infected person to spread it to a large group.

The Oneida County Health Department also warned of several instances where the public may have been exposed to someone infected with COVID-19.

Friday June 19

Time of exposure: 12 p.m.-12:30 pm 

Place of exposure: Hannaford

Address of exposure: Mohawk Street, Utica

Wore mask:  Yes                                                                                       

Symptom monitoring period: Through 7/3/20

Saturday

Time of exposure: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Place of exposure: Price Rite Supermarket

Address of exposure: Bleecker Street, Utica

Wore mask: Yes                                                                                              

Symptom monitoring period: Through 7/11/20

Saturday

Time of exposure: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Place of exposure: Golden Burma Asian Market

Address of exposure: South Street, Utica

Wore mask: Yes                                                                                              

Symptom monitoring period: Through 7/11/20

Saturday

Time of exposure: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Place of exposure: Nguyen Phat Oriental Store

Address of exposure: Bleecker Street, Utica

Wore mask: Yes                                                                                              

Symptom monitoring period: Through 7/11/20


More from NewsChannel 9:

For more local news, follow NewsChannel 9 on Twitter @NewsChannel9

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Live case map

Live Doppler 9 Map Center

CNY View

CNY View

CNY View

Oswego Area

Oswego Area

Syracuse Area

Syracuse Area