The congregation that hosted an indoor wedding where more than 1,000 maskless guests celebrated in cramped quarters is being hit with a $15,000 fine for the “amazingly irresponsible” event, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Inside City Hall Monday night.
The city’s health department also sent the congregation, Yetev Lev D’Satmar in Williamsburg, a written warning about future indoor gatherings.
“There are clear rules in place to save lives across the city. This gathering was not only illegal, it was deeply immoral as lives were put at risk in a blatant disregard of the law and public health,” mayoral spokesperson Bill Neidhardt told POLITICO. “There must be consequences for that.”
City Health Commissioner Dave Chokshi sent the congregation’s leader a cease-and-desist letter condemning the Nov. 8 wedding, which was reported in the New York Post over the weekend.
The letter cited orders put forth by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and de Blasio throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, including one issued on June 6 limiting indoor gatherings to 50 people, as long as the site’s maximum capacity is double that.
Chokshi slapped the synagogue with a $15,000 fine, citing the mayor’s Oct. 10 executive order regulating nonessential gatherings, and warned congregants to avoid similar events.