In a recent update for Crown Heights by Dr. Eli Rosen and the Gedaliah Society, they explained that “It is safe to say that the virus spreads most easily in closed, crowded environments with poor air quality (recirculated air). For the time being, this condition should be avoided by all. Outdoor spacious environments, with people appropriately distancing and wearing masks, are the least likely to present a problem.”
Following the latest update, the Gedaliah Society clarified on Erev Shabbos: “It goes without saying that this even applies to those low risk groups that are beginning to socialize once again. Crowded indoor places, such as indoor weddings where there is dancing and mingling in close quarters and a complete breakdown of social distancing, remain potentially dangerous to those unprotected, who may be swept along into a “makom sakana”.”
ChabadInfo.com investigated to find out what they are referring to, and learned that there are a number of basements in Crown Heights that have recently been frequented by different groups as wedding venues.
Unfortunately, these basement wedding venues fit all these criteria of being closed in, crowded, and poor air quality due to it not being on ground level.
In addition, a wedding involves a lot of dancing and singing which cannot be done in masks and thereby causes grave danger to all those in attendance.