Mayor Bill de Blasio on Saturday encouraged New Yorkers to report any fellow citizens who they believe are not social distancing by snapping a picture of them and texting it to the authorities.
De Blasio promised that once a photo is received by authorities, "we will make sure that enforcement comes right away."
De Blasio said:
"We still know there's some people who need to get the message, and that means sometimes making sure the enforcement is there to educate people and make clear we've got to have social distancing.
So, now it is easier than ever. When you see a crowd, when you see a line that's not distanced, when you see a supermarket that's too crowded — anything — you can report it right away so we can get help there to fix the problem.
And now it's a simple as taking a photo. All you've got to do is take the photo, and put the location with it, and bang, send a photo like this, and we will make sure enforcement comes right away.
Text the photo to 311-692 and action will ensue. Enforcement will come to get the help we need."