NYC investigating Brooklyn funeral that drew thousands

New York City officers are investigating the synagogue that held an enormous funeral in an obvious flagrant violation of COVID-19 restrictions — with the mayor threatening Tuesday to close the positioning down if one other comparable gathering happens there.

“These large events are a real cause for concern, and we either need to see them be handled very differently, with really clear limits and precautions, or not happen at all,” Mayor Bill de Blasio instructed reporters at a coronavirus briefing — the day after The Post broke the story of the jam-packed Brooklyn occasion.

“If we see another confirmed situation in which an inappropriate event is happening in that same building, then we’re going to have to move to shut down the building once and for all, which is something no one wants,” de Blasio stated.

“But that would be the next step if we see non-compliance.”

The synagogue additionally held an unrelated indoor occasion Sunday evening that included a crowd of males huddled intently collectively with out masks listening to the temple’s rabbinical chief.

The synagogue is similar one that tried to carry a marriage with thousands of celebrants in October, too, solely to be compelled to scale plans manner again when the state acquired wind of it.

Mayor de Blasio stated Tuesday that the funeral “is still being investigated, we’re trying to get the full truth of what happened there.”

As The Post reported, as much as 5,000 individuals, just about all with out face masks, crammed into Congregation Yetev Lev D’Satmar at 152 Rodney St. in Williamsburg on Monday afternoon for the funeral of a former Satmar high-court decide.

The gathering seems to simply be in violation of presidency restrictions, which require social distancing of 6 toes and masks, in addition to not more than a 33 p.c constructing occupancy for spiritual occasions.

City data present the temple’s most occupancy is 1,600 individuals.

An official with the synagogue didn’t instantly return a name from The Post on Tuesday.


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