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NYC to deploy more civilian 'social distancing ambassadors' amid enforcement controversy

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Posted at 11:32 AM, May 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-10 19:59:34-04

NEW YORK — Mayor Bill de Blasio is planning to double the ranks of civilian workers tasked with persuading people to comply with coronavirus social distancing rules after an outcry over racial disparities in the NYPD's enforcement.

By next weekend, the number of city workers deployed as "social distancing ambassadors" will grow from around 1,000 to 2,300, de Blasio said.

NYPD data released Friday showed that of the 374 summonses issued through May 5 for violating social distancing orders, 52% were given to black people and 30% to Hispanic people.

The mayor on Friday called those statistics "an indicator that something’s wrong we need to fix."