Authorities cracked down on some coronavirus hotspots in the city this weekend, issuing more than 60 summons and tens of thousands of dollars in fines to people, businesses and places of worship that did not follow the newly imposed restrictions on gatherings, wearing masks and socializing. – Interval requirements.
Among those summons by the mayor of New York City include a restaurant and at least five houses of worship in the city’s “red areas”, where rates of coronavirus infection are the highest. Sheriff Joseph Fossetto said each of these sites received a summons that could lead to fines of up to $ 15,000.
In total, officials issued 62 tickets and more than $ 150,000 in fines during the first weekend, and the new restrictions were in effect. He said the government Twitter account in New York City on Sunday.
The city is grappling with the most serious pandemic crisis since the virus first swept through the five neighborhoods in March. Since mid-August, city and state officials say Large gatherings and lax social distancing It caused an increase in the number of new cases in Brooklyn and Queens pockets, many of them in Orthodox ghettos. This spike prompted Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to issue new restrictions on large gatherings and non-essential businesses in certain parts of the city.
This moment has put an already anxious city on the edge of an abyss, especially as doctors, experts and health officials are expressing their growing concern about a second wave of the virus this winter. He also highlighted the challenges city officials will face as they try to eliminate emerging hotspots in small communities before the virus spreads to the rest of the city.
A police official said one of the Orthodox Jewish men who led the protests against the restrictions, Hoshi Tisler, was arrested by the Police Department’s arrest warrant squad on Sunday night. Mr. Tischler, a talk-show radio personality, is expected to be charged with inciting riots and illegal imprisonment in connection with an incident in Borough Park, Brooklyn, last week in which Jewish journalist Jacob Cornbluh was assaulted by a protest rally.
When Mr. Cuomo announced a new executive order to impose the restrictions last week, some religious leaders voiced their staunch opposition, as case numbers continued to rise in pockets of Brooklyn and Queens that house large numbers of Orthodox Jews.
The Orthodox Jewish Community Destroyed by the Coronavirus In the spring, when local officials and militant news outlets said hundreds of people may have died, including popular religious leaders.
The new restrictions are the biggest setback yet in the city’s recovery, setting back some of the successful reopening that much of New York has embraced since the epidemic’s more restrictive early days this spring.
According to Mr. Cuomo’s executive order, in neighborhoods with the highest infection rates – or “red zones” – houses of worship are limited to 25 percent or a maximum of 10 people. Elsewhere, where rates are low but still worrisome, “orange areas” are limited to 33 percent of capacity and “yellow areas” are limited to 50 percent of capacity.
I understand the desire to have big religious celebrations. “I understand how important this is for their culture and religion,” Mr. Cuomo said in a phone call to reporters on Sunday. “I also understand that, in fact, it is endangering human life.”
The governor urged rabbis and other Jewish leaders to encourage worshipers to stay home amid reports that several synagogues have openly defied state orders and instituted services in person. Mr. Cuomo said Jewish teachings allow religious ceremonies to be postponed for health and safety reasons.
“The possibility is that the virus will spread,” he said.
While the positivity rate in the state’s twenty “red zone” neighborhoods was 5.7 percent, the rate in the rest of New York State was less than 1 percent, excluding those clusters.
Mr. Como Requested on TuesdayWhich came during the Jewish holiday in Sukkot and just before Simhat Torah, provoked negative reactions in the Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods of the city, where religious leaders accused Mr. Como and Mayor Bill de Blasio of targeting religious minorities.
A national Orthodox organization filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the constitutionality of the new rules. The protests took place in the Brooklyn Borough Park neighborhood, where hundreds of protesters – most of them Orthodox men, and most of them not wearing masks – Masks burned on the street
But on Friday, a federal court ruled the new state’s rules It can move forward, Quoting that officials are responsible for keeping “all New Yorkers” safe.
“How can we ignore the overriding state interest in protecting the health and lives of all New Yorkers?” Judge QA said. Matsumoto of the Federal District Court in Brooklyn.
Brooklyn Catholic Diocese has filed a separate lawsuit challenging the new restrictions, which it said would force many churches in the borough to close. A judge in that case also ruled that the governor’s order could go forward.
The sheriff’s office refused to disclose whether the places of worship cited at the end of this week were churches, synagogues, mosques, or other religious institutions.
The office also collapsed Illegal rave in Cunningham Park, In Queens, where more than 110 people gathered and violated city regulations. Sherif Fossito said the event organizers were cited and accused of violating the health law.
Sheriff Fossito, whose office is one of the few city agencies responsible for enforcing the new rules, said his agents rarely cite individuals if they comply with requests to wear masks or practice better social distancing.
He said, “If they wear a mask, we’re not writing a ticket for that.” He said most of the citations his office wrote involved multiple violations or blatant disregard for city rules.
Protests among the Orthodox community appeared to have subsided over the weekend, with no major demonstrations taking place.