Saratoga Springs planning crackdown on people ignoring social distancing guidelines

Mark Mulholland
Updated: April 02, 2020 02:08 PM
Created: March 31, 2020 05:53 PM

SARATOGA SPRINGS - Photos taken of the Spa City Farmers' Market in the Spa State Park and provided by the city, show people gathering in clusters.


Public Safety Commissioner Robin Dalton says they're just a few of the examples of people ignoring social distancing guidelines.

"This is not the time for sleepovers, playdates, cocktail parties, dinner parties, none of that."

City Police Chief Shane Crooks says his officers are focusing on educating violators and Dalton agrees, saying most people are complying, but says tickets and fines aren't out of the question.

"We'll be advising them of those guidelines set by our governor is his executive order, we'll be warning them. If we are called on them again, if it becomes a repeat problem, we will give people an appearance ticket and we will fine them because that is how important these measures are for the collective health of the community."

Dalton says she fears that as the weather warms up and more people are drawn to the city's popular parks and playgrounds, there'll be more violators, so they're sending this message now.

"Everything is still safe to go to as long as you follow these distancing measures," she said. "The longer people break the rules, the longer we're going to be in this situation."

Violators can face a fine of up to $250.

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