MONSEY, NY Rockland County has declared a state of emergency over the ongoing measles outbreak and barring unvaccinated people from public places.
Rockland Executive Ed Day announced the emergency on Tuesday afternoon.
Effective at the stroke of midnight, Wednesday, March 27, anyone who is under 18 years of age and is not vaccinated against the measles will be barred from public places until this declaration expires in 30 days or until they receive the MMR vaccination.
Officials said law enforcement will not be out asking for vaccination records, but if someone is found in violation of the declaration, their case will be referred to the district attorney’s office.
Parents will also be held accountable for their children if they are found in violation of the state of emergency.
There are currently 151 confirmed reported cases of measles in the county, according to health officials.
Day said the intention of the state of emergency isn’t to arrest people but to educate the community and gain compliance.