N.Y. Shuts Down Hasidic Wedding That Could Have Had 10,000 Guests

N.Y. Shuts Down Hasidic Wedding That Could Have Had 10,000 Guests

Some Orthodox voices, including a growing faction of raucous young men, have accused the government of targeting them because of their faith and religious life. Earlier this month, the governor ordered new shutdown restrictions in areas where cases were spiking. Orthodox Jewish leaders announced a large community prayer scheduled for Tuesday in response to the shutdown of the wedding and the broader restrictions. The event, which will take place via phone, is not a protest, the leaders said. Mr. Cuomo on Sunday said that the state’s efforts to control outbreaks had been successful in reducing the positivity rate in the targeted neighborhoods, which he had divided into zones. As of Saturday, the state’s overall infection rate was 1.08 percent, the governor said, considerably lower than other states. But the rate is 3.19 percent in the areas with the highest infection rates, or “red zones,” which include neighborhoods near Williamsburg. The synagogue itself is not located in a hot spot. “We are so aggressive every time we see the virus pop up — we run and hit it down,” the governor said about the state’s strategy for controlling outbreaks. “It’s exhausting but it’s effective.” A number of factors — including distrust of scientific messaging and secular authority, a dedication to communal life and dense living conditions — have fueled the rise in the ultra-Orthodox community within the city. While New York State has one of the lowest rates of new cases, health officials are worried about another spike in the colder months ...
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