Five Orthodox Jewish facilities in New York City were reportedly fined $ 15,000 for alleged coronavirus pandemic health code violations for having more than 10 people in their religious facilities.
The religious rooms in Borough Park, where protests took place last week, have not been closed because the police do not have the authority.
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New restrictions temporarily limit the size of religious gatherings in the COVID-19 hotspots. The restrictions limit participation in all places of worship to 25% or a maximum of 10 people.
Six coronavirus clusters have emerged in Brooklyn and Queens, and Counties of Broome, Orange and Rockland. The state has closed schools and non-essential businesses in these areas and limited gatherings.
The number of New Yorkers hospitalized with the coronavirus continues to rise, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Saturday as authorities increased their focus on banning mass gatherings at COVID-1
Cuomo announced that 826 people were hospitalized with the virus – the highest number since July 15. Eight New Yorkers died from the coronavirus on Friday, according to government officials.
Still, the governor insisted that “numbers are still good news,” noting that public health officials attributed 18% of positive tests that week to a so-called “red zone”, home to 2.8% of the state’s population .
The Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn sued the state in federal court last week, saying Cuomo’s plan would effectively force more than two dozen of its churches to close their doors, despite the fact that they have “reopened without reopening for months in strict compliance with all medical and state guidelines Incidents related to COVID. “
US District Judge Eric Komitee called the case a “difficult decision” but joined Cuomo in denying the church’s request for an injunction. The government, he ruled late Friday, “has wide leeway in combating the spread of deadly diseases under the precedent of the Supreme Court.”
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The verdict followed a similar ruling on Friday by another judge in New York’s Eastern District who refused to block Cuomo’s plan. That decision followed an emergency hearing in a lawsuit filed by rabbis and synagogues who said the restrictions were unconstitutional and tried to postpone enforcement until after the Jewish holidays.
Another tune earlier this year when a federal judge said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Attorney General Letitia James and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio “crossed” their executive boundaries by restricting worship services and tolerating mass protests while the state continued coronavirus -Restrictions to open again.
“Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio could just as easily have discouraged public health protests without condemning their message and, at their discretion, suspend enforcement for public safety reasons rather than encouraging what they knew was an obvious one Disregard of outdoor boundaries and social distancing rules, “said the judge. “They could have been silent. But Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio have sent a clear message through their actions that mass protests deserve preferential treatment.”
Special advisor to the Thomas More Society, Christopher Ferrara, celebrated the decision, calling Cuomo’s Executive Orders a “fraud” that “went straight out the window as soon as he and Mayor de Blasio saw a mass protest movement that brought them to the streets by the thousands” .
“Suddenly, limiting ‘mass gatherings’ was no longer necessary to ‘save lives’,” Ferrara said in a statement to Fox News. “Still, they continued to ban graduations and other outdoor gatherings with more than 25 people.”