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ROCKLAND COUNTY, New York, March 27, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – As several areas of the United States are contending with outbreaks of measles, one county in New York has taken the dramatic step of banning unvaccinated minors from entering any public places – including houses of worship.
Rockland County, New York is currently in the midst of a measles outbreak the county calls “larger in size and duration than any outbreak of that disease in this County in many years,” endangering infants and people with compromised immune systems.
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CNN reports that there have been 153 confirmed cases since October (out of 314 cases reported nationwide this year); county spokesman John Lyon said it’s the longest American outbreak since before the disease was thought to have been eliminated in 2000.
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So from now until April 25, the county is forbidding unvaccinated minors from “enter[ing] any place of public assembly in Rockland County,” unless they are immune, medically barred from immunization, or younger than six months, according to the state of emergency declaration released Tuesday by Rockland County Executive Edwin Day. “A place of public assembly shall be a place where more than 10 persons are intended to congregate” for any reason, including “religious functions.”
Lyon said that the ban will be enforced not by proactively interrogating people in public places, but if an incident of measles infection is traced back to an area in which an unvaccinated minor was present. Parents in such cases will be referred to the district attorney and potentially face a $500 fine and six months in prison.
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"The goal is not to prosecute people. We don't want to fine people. We want to encourage people to get vaccinated," Lyon insisted. "Just to be clear, this is not something...
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