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State College cites residents breaking COVID rules

STATE COLLEGE — State College police have cited 43 people with violating coronavirus safety measures since the borough approved an emergency ordinance last month.

The ordinance, which went into effect Aug. 17, limits social gathering sizes and requires face masks in public, among other regulations.

In a Thursday news release, State College officials said 43 citations have been issued to people who have broken the rules.

Twenty-three violations reported to police between Sept. 7-13 resulted in seven citations, officials said.

The consequence of disobeying the safety measures is a $300 fine and court costs.

“The hope is to achieve compliance from everyone; however, police and other enforcement officers will continue to issue citations for violations of the ordinance,” the borough said in the release.

State College said it launched an educational campaign on the ordinance after it went into effect. This involved creating a one-page flyer on the safety measures, which was distributed on the Penn State campus, to landlords and through social media.

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