World$ 15,000 fine after wedding in ultra-Orthodox synagogue

$ 15,000 fine after wedding in ultra-Orthodox synagogue

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The exterior of Yetev Lev Synagogue in New York City on November 23, 2020. – Gabriele Holtermann-Gorden / Sipa

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Faced with non-compliance with health rules, the New York City Hall has decided to strike hard. A Hasidic wedding that brought together thousands of people on November 8, without a mask, in Brooklyn has just been sanctioned. The mayor said on Tuesday that the synagogue where the event took place will be fined $ 15,000. The symbol is particularly important in a city struggling against a comeback of the epidemic.

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Images released this weekend by the New York Post showed the participants singing and dancing at this wedding. On Tuesday, Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio therefore confirmed that the city would impose a “very heavy fine” on the Yetev Lev synagogue in the Williamsburg neighborhood, as well as a warning to close the building. “We do not know the exact number of people” present at the wedding, but “what we are certain is that there were too many people,” said the mayor.

A “deliberate effort to cover up the event”

“It appears that there was a very deliberate effort to cover up the event, which makes things even more unacceptable,” he added. “It is unacceptable that people can organize such a large event when we know that they promote the transmission” of the virus, said for his part the boss of the New York health services. On Sunday, the governor of the State of New York Andrew Cuomo also called for an investigation into this rally organized “in flagrant defiance” of the law.

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