Orthodox wedding banned in New York with 10,000 attendees

The wedding, of the son of a well-known New York City rabbi, was to take place in Brooklyn with about 10,000 guests. State authorities do not allow weddings with more than 50 attendees

New York health officials have closed plans for a Hasidic Jewish wedding that was expected to draw up to 10,000 attendees, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday . 

The wedding, which was supposedly for the grandson of a well-known Hasidic rabbi, was scheduled for Monday in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, according to CBS New York .

However, state officials issued an order prohibiting the mass gathering from taking place on Friday night as it would violate current coronavirus restrictions 

We got a suggestion that this was happening. We did an investigation and found that it was probably true, “Cuomo said at a news conference Saturday, according to ABC News. 

Cuomo said New York state officials had to crack down on the planned wedding in the Orthodox Jewish community because it would have brought together “more than 10,000 people,” ABC News reported.

Look, you can get married, you just can’t have 1,000 people at your wedding, “Cuomo added.

The current New York State wedding guide does not allow more than 50 people at the event.

Authorities have yet to hear from organizers of the event, although Cuomo’s office said Saturday that a hearing on the order can be requested with the state Department of Health.

The large-scale event was reportedly for a grandson of Zalman Leib Teitelbaum , a chief rabbi of the ultra-Orthodox Satmar sect, a Hasidic group originating from a city in Hungary, the New York Post reported.

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Past marriages of Teitelbaum’s relatives , including some in Israel and Brooklyn, have attracted thousands of attendees, the newspaper reported.

Tensions between the Orthodox community and the city have escalated since local authorities closed nine of their most populous neighborhoods earlier this month after a spike in infections. 

In response, some community members started a bonfire in the streets of the Borough Park neighborhood, burning face masks in protest. 

Local leaders told The New York Times that there was a belief within the community that they had achieved herd immunity.

A local rabbi previously told Business Insider that he believes the coronavirus has sparked increased hatred towards his community.

At 1.1%, New York , which was severely affected by the virus at the start of the pandemic, currently has one of the lowest infection rates in the country, according to Cuomo.

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