From the Flushing Police Department
As citizens of our community are taking measures to reduce their exposure to the COVID-19 pandemic, another problem is surfacing as a result. The City of Flushing is receiving reports that people are disposing of personal protective equipment, such as masks and gloves, by throwing them on the ground in places open to the public. Gloves and masks have been found in parking lots and other areas throughout town.
This behavior is concerning as it goes beyond littering. These items potentially contain the harmful Coronavirus we are trying to contain. Littering with these materials leaves others exposed and can further the pandemic within our community. This cannot be tolerated.
It is our hope members of our community will be responsible and considerate and use appropriate disposal containers. Trash containers are located at convenient locations throughout the city. If necessary, the police department will explore all enforcement options available for those who fail to comply. This could result in charges that go beyond a violation for littering.
Due to the implementation of COVID-19 mitigation measures, contact the Flushing Police Department via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 911.