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Boston suburb sets up one-way sidewalks to allow residents to practice social distancing – and police will hand out $100 fines to anyone who walks in the wrong direction

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Boston suburb sets up one-way sidewalks to allow residents to practice social distancing – and police will hand out $100 fines to anyone who walks in the wrong direction

  • Police in the suburb of Beverly noticed locals brushing up against one another as they walked in opposite directions along busy Lothrop Street
  • Fearing that the residents might inadvertently be spreading COVID-19, authorities implemented one-way sidewalks
  • Residents must now walk against traffic so they are never coming into contact with someone who is walking in the opposite direction
  • Failure to comply will result in a $100 fine, but police says residents have been receptive to the idea

By: Andrew Court for Daily Mail, 10 April 2020

A Boston suburb has set up one-way sidewalks in order to have residents practice social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Police in Beverly, in the north of the city, have mandated that locals who are walking in opposite directions along bustling Lothrop Street must now use separate sidewalks so that they are not brushing up against one another.

Pedestrians must now walk against traffic and failure to comply with the new directive could result in a $100 fine.

It comes as the state of Massachusetts struggles to slow the spread of COVID-19, with at least 16,790 confirmed cases. Beverly is located in Essex County, which has at least 2,100 cases.

Police in Beverly, in the north of the city, have mandated that locals who are walking opposite directions along bustling Lothrop Street must now use separate sidewalks so that they are not brushing up against one another

Multiple posters notifying residents of the changes have been placed along the street, and a large flashing sign has also been installed

But while the state is under a stay-at-home order, Beverly Police Chief John LeLacheur says locals are still getting out to do exercise and the crowds on Lothrop Street had him concerned.


‘In monitoring the area, we noticed there was a tremendous amount of foot traffic and people walking into each other,’ LeLacheur explained to FOX News Thursday

To combat the problem, authorities implemented the new one-way sidewalk rule, which ‘gives people the opportunity to keep that 6-foot distance.’

Multiple posters notifying residents of the changes have been placed along the street, and a large flashing sign has also been installed.

So far, LeLacheur says residents have been more than happy to comply with the rules, and no fines have been issued.

Residents have been more than happy to comply with the rules, and no fines have been issued

Residents must now walk against the direction of traffic, and the new rules allow them to practice social distancing

‘We’re hoping we never have to go there. All the comments we’ve gotten so far have been positive – now that they know this is what we’re asking them to do they’re doing it,’ he stated.

Across the country, authorities and businesses alike have implemented social distancing policies after the Center For Disease Control and Prevention advised that the spread of COVID-19 could be slowed if people kept at least six feet apart from one another.

Grocery stores are now limiting the number of customers allowed inside their premises at a single time. They have also set up staggered lines outside so that people are separated from one another as they wait to enter.

More than 460,000 Americans have tested positive to COVID-19, and more than 16,000 have died

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