New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio has ordered police to arrest mourners at funerals and anyone gathering in large groups in a new ‘zero tolerance’ approach to stop the spread of the corona virus – after passing through New York City driven to witness hundreds gathered in Brooklyn.
The mayor appeared at an Orthodox Jewish funeral in Williamsburg on Tuesday evening and threatened grieving people with arrest for violating social distance rules.
De Blasio traveled to close the meeting in person after social media footage of a massive funeral for a rabbi who died of coronavirus appeared on social media.
Shocking photos revealed hundreds of people gathered on the street to pay their respects to Rabbi Chaim Mertz.
Hundreds of people gathered in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for a huge funeral on Tuesday night
Brooklyn, NY: The funeral was held for Rabbi Chaim Mertz who died of the corona virus
New York Mayor Bill De Blasio showed up at the Orthodox Jewish funeral and threatened mourners with arrest for disregarding social distance rules
Shocking photos revealed hundreds of people gathered on the street to pay their respects to Rabbi Chaim Mertz
The mourners were crammed much closer together than the six feet recommended under social distance guidelines, and many people did not wear face masks.
The mass rally also violates the executive order of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, which bans nonessential gatherings.
De Blasio hit the mourners on Twitter, calling their actions “absolutely unacceptable.”
“Something absolutely unacceptable happened in Williamsburg tonite: a large funeral meeting in the midst of this pandemic,” he wrote.
The mourners were crammed much closer together than the six feet recommended under social distance guidelines
Many people did not wear face masks at the Brooklyn funeral on Tuesday evening
The mass rally also violates the executive order of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, which bans nonessential meetings
“When I heard it, I went there myself to make sure the crowd was spread out. And what I saw is NOT tolerated as long as we fight the corona virus. ‘
The mayor then sent a grim warning to the community that the police will issue a subpoena and even arrest people who ignore social distance guidelines.
“My message to the Jewish community and all communities is so simple: the time for warnings has passed,” he wrote on Twitter.
De Blasio beat the Jewish community in a Twitter rant on Tuesday evening after breaking the meeting with the NYPD
“I have instructed the NYPD to immediately proceed to subpoena or even arrest those meeting in large groups. This is about stopping this disease and saving lives. Period.’
De Blasio’s response was met with backlash from some members of the Jewish community who said he “chose” the group.
“This must be a joke.Has the Mayor of NYC actually listed only one specific ethnic community (a community that has been the target of increasing hate crimes in his city) as nonconforming? Chaim Deutsch, a city councilor representing a large Orthodox Jewish population, wrote in a Twitter post.
De Blasio hit the mourners on Twitter, calling their actions “ absolutely unacceptable. ”
The mayor then sent a grim warning to the community that the police will issue a subpoena and even arrest people who ignore social distance guidelines
“My message to the Jewish community and all communities is so simple: the time for warnings has passed,” de Blasio wrote on Twitter
Young children were also gathered at the funeral – some wearing masks
“Has he been to a park lately? (What am I saying – of course he has!) ‘
“But choosing one community is ridiculous,” he added in another post. “Every neighborhood has people who don’t follow the rules. Speaking to an entire ethnic group as if we were all blatantly violating precautionary measures is offensive, it is stereotyping, and it invites anti-Semitism. I am really stunned. ‘
The Orthodox Jewish Council for Public Affairs also tweeted anger at the mayor’s response.
“People failed to part with a funeral on the same day that thousands of New Yorkers took 45 minutes to look at a viaduct,” the council tweeted, referring to the thousands of people coming to the banks of the Hudson on Tuesday. flocked to watch the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels fly through the city air in honor of the health workers fighting the pandemic.
A NYPD officer with a mask arrives to try to spread the crowds on Tuesday
An NYPD spokesman said the officers at Tuesday’s funeral did not fine or arrest anyone
De Blasio’s comments were related to a backlash from some members of the Jewish community who said he “chose” the group
The NYPD has been called upon to break several funerals and gatherings in the city during the pandemic.
An NYPD spokesperson told it New York Post officers did not give or arrest anyone at Tuesday’s funeral.
This comes the same day that Cuomo released its 12-step state reopening plan and told New Yorkers it would take a “miracle” for New York City to meet requirements in the coming weeks.
Cuomo’s shutdown officially ends on May 15, but he said on Monday that he would extend it for some regions of the state where data suggests there is still a problem.
In northern New York, the infection rate is believed to be as low as three percent, while in New York City, it’s close to 25 percent, according to an antibody study conducted by the state.
Chaim Deutsch, a city councilor representing a large Orthodox Jewish population, accused De Blasio of ‘picking out’ the Jewish community in a Twitter post
The first step of the plan is to ensure that the region being reopened for 14 days has seen declining cases of coronavirus.
New York City is far from that benchmark and still accounts for the vast majority of all COVID-19 deaths and cases in the state.
New York City has 11,820 deaths and 157,713 infections on Tuesday night.
Across the state, there are 17,638 deaths and 295,106 confirmed cases of the deadly virus.