TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. — Tompkins County has announced its plans for responding to reported gatherings that violate New York State executive orders on mask-wearing, social distancing, and density.

The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office, in coordination with other agencies and public safety officials from local higher education institutions, will respond to reports initially with an education-based approach, as the county has done in the past with businesses or individuals who have refused to adhere to the regulations. The Sheriff’s Office will be the primary response agency throughout Tompkins County, including within the City of Ithaca, on all calls related to gatherings.

“Our primary goals are to encourage positive behavior, and to provide education when we can. We know that wearing a mask, reducing gathering sizes, and keeping six feet of distance can help stop the spread, and hope that everyone continues to take their responsibility to do so seriously.”

If individuals at the residence are students, their college or university will be notified of the gathering and may take further action in accordance with that school’s regulations. Repeat violations could be met with fines.

Individuals who observe a gathering where mask-wearing or social distancing are not being observed, and/or involve more than 50 individuals can call a non-emergency dispatch line at (607) 273-8000.