Plans to hold a 10,000-person wedding in Brooklyn on Monday have been blocked by sheriffs in New York City, following a tip from New York State.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the event was the exact example of what not to do during a global pandemic.
Look, you can get married. You just can’t have 10,000 people at your wedding, ”Cuomo said. “You get the same result at the end of the day.”
He announced on Saturday that COVID-19 “ hotspots ” around the city appear to be diminishing in intensity, saying movie theaters would reopen across the state, although not in New York City itself.
Andrew Cuomo, pictured Saturday, providing an update on the state’s COVID response
Borough Park, in Brooklyn, last week saw protests (pictured) against the reintroduction of lockdowns
Cuomo defended local shutdowns on Saturday, including Borough Park (pictured during last week’s protest)
Elizabeth Gavey, Cuomo’s special counsel, said the New York sheriff issued a state order on Friday night banning the event, which would take place Monday in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood.
Sheriffs in New York had been tipped off by colleagues in Rockland County, New York State, ABC news reported.
Rockland County told DailyMail.com they had no further comment on the warning.
New York City sheriffs did not respond to DailyMail.com’s requests for comment.
Cuomo said the aggressive strategy of closing parts of the city where COVID-19 was peaking – ‘microclusters’ in Orange County, Rockland County, Queens and Brooklyn – had results.
Restrictions in Orthodox Jewish parts of Brooklyn sparked violent protests last week as residents objected to the closing of their synagogues during religious holidays.
But Cuomo said it was the right choice.
“The targeting and the more restrictive targeting work,” he said.
Brooklyn had an infection rate of 6.6 percent – nearly seven times the statewide rate – when it entered a partial lockdown again, and the infection has dropped to 4.9 percent since last week, he said.
Orange County, which is next to Rockland County, was 24 percent infected and is now down to six percent, he said.
Areas of highest infection, which were subject to closures, are of the darkest colors
“This idea for microtargeting has been, we’ve talked about this with all kinds of global experts and national experts, and people think it’s just right,” he said.
Again, you need the sophistication to do it. But the strategy works, not just the microclusters, the whole statewide strategy works.
“We have one of the lowest contamination rates statewide in the country. Period. You look at where the other states are going, you look at where New York state is, it’s going much, much better.
“In all fairness, we are much stricter and more disciplined than the other states, many other states, and our strategy is much more sophisticated.”
He said they would continue with their strategy of highlighting “ microclusters, ” rather than closing neighborhoods or neighborhoods.
“We are going to implement a micro-cluster strategy for the fall,” he said.
“We have focused on all of our actions, either statewide or reopened at a regional level.
‘We will now analyze it block by block. We have data that is so specific that we cannot show it because it could violate the privacy terms. We know exactly where the new cases come from. ‘
The governor announced that starting Oct. 23, movie theaters could reopen in the state – but not in New York City.
Movie theaters would be limited to 25 percent capacity, with a maximum of 50 people in each theater.
Cinemas may reopen with a capacity of 25 percent, Cuomo said Saturday