Seward Park Co-op Imposes Steep Fines for Residents Violating Face Mask Guidelines

Posted on: October 13th, 2020 at 5:07 am by

Members living in the Seward Park Co-op must now abide by in-house COVID-19 protocols or face fines.

Per the latest update to shareholders, residents “must wear a mask, respect social distancing guidelines, and limit the number of people getting into the elevator at the same time by not exceeding one family per ride.”

Those caught violating these guidelines, which also include proper disposal of masks, are subject to a progressive ladder of fines:

  • First offense – a warning with written notice stating the rules adopted by the co-op board;
  • Second offense: $100 fine, with written warning;
  • Third offense: $200 fine and/or legal action, plus cost of legal services depending on severity;
  • Fourth offense: Legal action, plus cost of legal services

There is also concern involving the Sabbath Elevators, a special car that stops at every floor so that observant Jews can ride on the day of rest. It had been sidelined since last April at the outset of the pandemic, until a couple weeks ago. Since the practice appears to encourage crowding, and therefore transmissions, management revoked it over the weekend “until we are ensured that it is safe to get back to normal operations.”

Until then, management is offering so-called “Shabbos Goy” service on a case-by-case basis. Meaning, an individual who can perform traditionally forbidden activities for those observing the day of rest.

Meanwhile, we are hearing from residents who are worried about cluster outbreaks within the Seward Park community.

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