An upcoming wedding in a Hasidic community in New York City’s Williamsburg neighborhood has authorities worried that it could become a superspreader event.
The state and sheriff’s department of New York issued an order regarding the nuptials, set to take place Monday, which was originally expected to attract 10,000 people.
According to The New York Post, a grandchild of Zalman Leib Teitelbaum, grand rabbi of the Satmar sect, is expected to wed this Monday.
The state’s order, which was served Friday evening to Congregation Yetev Lev D’Satmar, requires the Williamsburg wedding to be canceled or postponed. Otherwise, the event must be limited to only 50 people amid COVID concerns, which is the mandated limit throughout New York.
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“We received a suggestion that that was happening, did an investigation, found that it was likely that it was true. There was a large wedding planned that would violate the gathering rules,” Governor Andrew Cuomo told a news conference, as per Times of Israel.
“You can get married. You just can’t get a thousand people at your wedding. You get the same results at the end of the day. It’s also cheaper!” he added.
Despite the fact that the wedding venues are not in any of the coronavirus mini-cluster zones, state and city officials are still concerned about the event’s