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A new beat for police across US: Enforcing social distance

Patients wearing personal protective equipment stand on line while maintaining social distancing before entering a COVID-19 testing site at Elmhurst Hospital Center, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in New York. Gov. Police have stepped up efforts to pressure New Yorkers to practice social distancing at the epicenter of the crisis. It's part of a global challenge that law enforcement and health officials say is critical to containing the coronavirus. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
A shopper stands on a social distancing marking as police officers patrol the farmers market in Union Square, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in New York. Police have stepped up efforts to pressure New Yorkers to practice social distancing at the epicenter of the crisis. It's part of a global challenge that law enforcement and health officials say is critical to containing the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
An NYPD officer wears personal protective equipment while maintaining order along a line to enter COVID-19 testing site at Elmhurst Hospital Center, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in New York. Police have stepped up efforts to pressure New Yorkers to practice social distancing at the epicenter of the crisis. It's part of a global challenge that law enforcement and health officials say is critical to containing the coronavirus. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Passengers wear masks while riding a city bus during the coronavirus pandemic, Wednesday, March 25, 2020 in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Police have stepped up efforts to pressure New Yorkers to practice social distancing at the epicenter of the crisis. It's part of a global challenge that law enforcement and health officials say is critical to containing the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Basketball backboards stand without hoops after city officials had them removed to reduce gatherings at Holcombe Rucker Park, Thursday, March 26, 2020, in New York. Across the U.S., police departments are taking a lead role in enforcing social distancing rules that health officials say are critical to containing the coronavirus. In New York City, they've started dismantling basketball hoops to prevent people from gathering in parks and playing. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
New York City Department of Parks and Recreation employees remove the basketball hoop from a court in Tompkins Square Park, Thursday, March 26, 2020, in New York. Across the U.S., police departments are taking a lead role in enforcing social distancing rules that health officials say are critical to containing the coronavirus. In New York City, they've started dismantling basketball hoops to prevent people from gathering in parks and playing. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

A new beat for police across US: Enforcing social distance

Patients wearing personal protective equipment stand on line while maintaining social distancing before entering a COVID-19 testing site at Elmhurst Hospital Center, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in New York. Gov. Police have stepped up efforts to pressure New Yorkers to practice social distancing at the epicenter of the crisis. It's part of a global challenge that law enforcement and health officials say is critical to containing the coronavirus. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
A shopper stands on a social distancing marking as police officers patrol the farmers market in Union Square, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in New York. Police have stepped up efforts to pressure New Yorkers to practice social distancing at the epicenter of the crisis. It's part of a global challenge that law enforcement and health officials say is critical to containing the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
An NYPD officer wears personal protective equipment while maintaining order along a line to enter COVID-19 testing site at Elmhurst Hospital Center, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in New York. Police have stepped up efforts to pressure New Yorkers to practice social distancing at the epicenter of the crisis. It's part of a global challenge that law enforcement and health officials say is critical to containing the coronavirus. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Passengers wear masks while riding a city bus during the coronavirus pandemic, Wednesday, March 25, 2020 in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Police have stepped up efforts to pressure New Yorkers to practice social distancing at the epicenter of the crisis. It's part of a global challenge that law enforcement and health officials say is critical to containing the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Basketball backboards stand without hoops after city officials had them removed to reduce gatherings at Holcombe Rucker Park, Thursday, March 26, 2020, in New York. Across the U.S., police departments are taking a lead role in enforcing social distancing rules that health officials say are critical to containing the coronavirus. In New York City, they've started dismantling basketball hoops to prevent people from gathering in parks and playing. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
New York City Department of Parks and Recreation employees remove the basketball hoop from a court in Tompkins Square Park, Thursday, March 26, 2020, in New York. Across the U.S., police departments are taking a lead role in enforcing social distancing rules that health officials say are critical to containing the coronavirus. In New York City, they've started dismantling basketball hoops to prevent people from gathering in parks and playing. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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