Starting this weekend, the NYPD is increasing crowd control and social distancing patrols around city parks. This comes as people step outside to enjoy the nice weather.
The push for patrol is all a part of a new pilot program by the NYPD to show less enforcement and more encouragement in regards to getting New Yorkers to follow social distancing guidelines and face mask protocols.
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New Yorkers could be seen enjoying the nice weather Saturday at Sheep Meadow in Central Park and were joined by police who were handing out free face-masks, remindint groups larger than six to disperse. Some who spoke to NY1 feel like this is just the "new normal."
"They check that people are in compliance with the lockdown rules and I like it! It makes me feel safer!" one sunbather told us.
"Everybody's got to get used to it, so, if you're not willing to get used to it, that's a sad thing,” added another. “We do see most people wearing masks and that’s very reassuring."
Officers will be helped by thousands of volunteers who have signed-up to be social distancing ambassadors, according to city officials.
The ambassadors will hand out face masks, and patrol areas to remind people to stay six feet apart.