NY Bans Planned 10,000 Person Orthodox Wedding

NBC New York reports:

Health officials in New York delivered a ban days before a scheduled wedding after receiving reports that “upwards of 10,000 individuals” were scheduled to attend the ceremony in Brooklyn, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

At his briefing Saturday, the governor explained that state officials received word of a the wedding after the Rockland County Sheriff’s Office issued a warning against attending an event in clear violation of gathering limits.

New York Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Ducker signed a Section 16 order prohibiting the wedding scheduled for Monday in Williamsburg. The order was served Friday evening by the New York City Sheriff’s Department, officials said.

The Jerusalem Post reports:

The wedding of the the grandchild of Satmar Grand Rabbi Zalman Leib Teitlebaum get married is set to draw guests from both Williamsburg and Rockland County, raising fears of a potential further spread of coronavirus in the area, according to WCBS.

Worries of a new spike in cases are particularly strong following a gathering last Sunday in the heavily hassdic town of New Square in Rockland County, where thousands went without abiding by social distancing measures or mask rules, WCBS reported.

This gathering could have been the cause of new infection rates, according to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, noting that the Rockland County red zones, such as New Square, have seen further spikes in positive test results.