NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mayor Bill de Blasio says “the time for warnings has passed” after a large crowd was found gathering for a funeral in Brooklyn on Tuesday night.

Hundreds of people gathered in Williamsburg around 7 p.m. for a rabbi’s funeral.

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Many could be seen wearing face masks, but they were standing close together.

Police officers were on the scene to help with crowd control.

In a tweet, the mayor wrote: “We have lost so many these last two months and I understand the instinct to gather to mourn. But large gatherings will only lead to more deaths and more families in mourning. We will not allow this. I have instructed the NYPD to have one standard for this whole city: zero tolerance.”

De Blasio’s tweets sparked outrage from City Councilman Chaim Deutsch, who accused the mayor of singling out a single ethnic community, stereotyping and inviting Antisemitism.


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No arrests have been made.