Orthodox Jewish groups in New York City filed a federal lawsuit Thursday in an attempt to block New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent restrictions on the number of people allowed in a house of worship amid a sharp spike in coronavirus infections – the suit comes after two nights of chaotic demonstrations against the crackdown.
Cuomo announced heavy restrictions Tuesday on large sections of Brooklyn and Queens, many of which hold enclaves of Orthodox Jewish majority neighborhoods, after the test positivity rate in the hotspots jumped to 5%, while the remainder of the state averages around a 1% positivity rate.
Hundreds of members of the Orthodox community railed against the new restrictions Tuesday night, taking to the street in Brooklyn and attacking counter-protesters while shouting “Jewish Lives Matter,” waving Trump 2020 flags and burning piles of face masks in the street.
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