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.

Recent Stories

Unprovoked Stabbing on Worth Street has Chinatown on Edge

In an apparently random attack yesterday evening, a 36-year-old Chinese man was stabbed in the back, and severely injured, by Brooklyn resident Salman Muflihi. The attacker wielded an eight-inch knife in the incident outside the Daniel Patrick Moynihan U.S. Courthouse on Worth Street, then surrendered at the entrance of the Manhattan DA’s office on Hogan Place. […]

Uncapped: In Conversation with Clayton Patterson and Cochise

Oh hey, Boogie Faithful, it’s your favorite historian here announcing our new graf-related podcast. We’ve done a few episodes, literally, and for the latest, Clayton Patterson has come out of his Boogie corner. We chatted, we laughed, we discussed some esoteric, anecdotal and priceless Lower East Side history. Local native and artist Jose “Cochise” Quiles also […]

Jing Fong Waiters Urge Landlord to Reinstate Dining Room

Chinatown shook to its core last weekend upon news that Jing Fong is closing down its massive dining room next week (March 7). The restaurant will continue operating as a ghost kitchen to fulfill orders for takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining on its patio. They’re reportedly on a month-to-month lease. “With our drastic decline in […]

Small Business Owners ‘Permanently Close’ to Demand COVID Relief

Local small business groups, along with the Cooper Square Committee, East Village Community Coalition, and Village Preservation are hosting a rally today in the name of economic survival. It’s part of a statewide week of activism to find commercial rent relief in the city. With that, businesses who fear forever closure due to rent burdens […]

Fired Laundry Workers Accuse Liox Cleaners of ‘Union Busting’

The Liox Cleaners chain is facing a raft of opposition in the wake of alleged “union busting.” Tuesday afternoon saw the first of two picketing actions outside the Allen Street location, just north of Delancey. According to the distributed literature, “On February 19, the Liox laundry chain fired the immigrant woman workers of the Wash […]