NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – An important Hasidic wedding scheduled for Monday in Williamsburg could be a big test of the resolve of state and city officials to enforce infection reducing lockdown rules to keep COVID-19 clusters in check.

As CBS2’s political reporter Marcia Kramer reports, New York City is hoping to avoid a repeat of a gathering last Sunday in the village of New Square, Rockland County, where thousands of Orthodox Jews thumbed their noses at social distancing and mask rules enacted by the state.

UPDATE: Williamsburg Congregation Ordered To Cancel Or Postpone Hasidic Wedding If Not Limited To 50 People

The gathering could be responsible for a new spike in infection rates. According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo the positive test rate in Rockland County red zones – including New Square – was 11.26% Thursday — up from 8.40% the day before.

“Some of the complexity of the enforcement here, especially with members of the Orthodox community, they never comply with the rules,” Cuomo said.


New York City official hope to avoid déjà vu all over again on Monday in Williamsburg where, according to flyers obtained by CBS2 the grandchild of Satmar Grand Rebbe Zalman Leib Teitlebaum is scheduled to be married. The worry is that the wedding, with events scheduled at 152 Rodney Street and 590 Bedford Street could draw thousands, not only from Williamburg, but from the Satmar community in Rockland County.

The positive rest rate in the Brookyn red zones also rose. Thursday it was 5.47%, up from 4.75% the day before.

Although the wedding venues are not in any of the COVID mini-cluster zones, officials are still worried about the spread of infection.

“City Hall is in discussions with the state on issuing the proper guidance. Large gatherings without social distancing and masks are severe public health risks and all guidance will be enforced. We are looking for community cooperation and hope to see all public health guidelines followed,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio‘s Press Secretary Bill Neidhardt.

Sources say officials are trying to get the Satmar community to limit the number of people at the indoor ceremony. The concern is how many show up outside and whether it will require a large contingent of police.

On Saturday, Kramer learned authorities served an order to the Congregation Yetev Lev D’Satmar to cancel or postpone the wedding if it is not limited to 50 people.


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Comments (13)
  1. Paul says:

    10,000 ?! This doesn’t pass the sniff test.

  2. Christopher Barry says:

    Never saw any enforcement during the “protests” (riots). What good for some is good for all.

    1. leon says:

      Politicians and unionized government employees are a top to bottom crime gang

  3. Gene Tillock says:

    Ahh yes, new york, what a beautiful dutiful place to live. Some people just have it their way, but alas we are not burger 🍔 king 👑, queen either. People will die diiieee because of what you do do die. But who cares we are above the law ladi-da and above the laws of nature too and you are mere well goyim. I talked to a man who lost 2 siblings to this dreaded disease- do you all want to make it 3 new york- diiee.

  4. boobie says:

    I do not see any news reports of the New Square wedding with thousands participating last Sunday that was referred to in this report. Was that a complete fabrication?

  5. Mark Rose says:

    How hard is it to put on a mask?

  6. MH Spivs says:

    Cuomo is preparing the “retraning camps.” And CBS should learn basic facts of Brooklyn like Bedford Avenue runs from the Williamsburg Bridge past Ebbets Field to Lundy’s on Sheepshead Bay.

  7. amil zola says:

    The city won’t do a damn thing. It will be another super spreader event.

    1. leon says:

      super spreader event? did you learn a new phrase?

  8. Jay Sku says:

    “They never comply with the rules” – Chomo. EXCUSE ME??? Our Synagogue (in Rockland County) and not only ours, but 99% of the Synagogues up here in Rockland were closed. And please dont point me to the 2 that did not comply… Even the Grand Synagogue in New Square where thousands come to pray each day was closed and instead tents were erected all over new square where the folks were able to pray outdoors + social distance. How dare you King Cuomo, you POS???? Our schools were closed our business were shut and “we never comply with the rules”???? Well, if you want to lock us down again, we certainly will not comply with your and County Exec Ed Day’s bigotry. Shame on you!!! Yeah everyone knows you are trying to blame the easy target, the Jews, for your failed pandemic leadership in NY. If I ever needed to vomit, I just tuned in to your daily covid briefing back in March and out came the vomit. You are a 2 faced pos.

  9. Earl says:

    I am tired of the petty bureaucrats and their rules. The other problem is the police that are acting like goons when enforcing the dictates of the poobahs. Surely there is some crime somewhere that needs attending instead of hassling people over masks and distance.

  10. Anthony Bailey says:

    GFY. Thoth. You are an ass. KARMA WILL BE EXACTING.

  11. Cuomo is now a Mass Murderer And a complete failure so EVERYONE ignore this jerk.

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