New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, has ordered the New York Police Department to arrest the Jews other citizens caught gathering in large groups amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The crowd had gathered for a rabbi’s funeral in Brooklyn on Tuesday, against the social distance measures put in place to curb the coronavirus spread.
He disclosed this in a tweet after efforts he said had been employed to appeal to the religious leaders and their followers appeared to have failed.
My message to the Jewish community, and all communities, is this simple: the time for warnings has passed. I have instructed the NYPD to proceed immediately to summons or even arrest those who gather in large groups. This is about stopping this disease and saving lives. Period.
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) April 29, 2020
De Blasio asserted that officials will not allow these types of gatherings, even for a funeral. “Something absolutely unacceptable happened in Williamsburg tonite [sic]: a large funeral gathering in the middle of this pandemic,” the mayor tweeted. “When I heard, I went there myself to ensure the crowd was dispersed. And what I saw WILL NOT be tolerated so long as we are fighting the Coronavirus.”
“I have instructed the NYPD to have one standard for this whole city: zero tolerance,” he added.
Freddi Goldstein, a spokesperson for de Blasio’s office, later confirmed that the mayor was at the scene with law enforcement to break up the funeral. “I empathize with the desire to mourn those we’ve lost, but this is absolutely unacceptable. The Mayor is on the scene and the NYPD is breaking this up,” Goldstein tweeted, alongside images depicting a large crowd of mourners gathered on the street. Most were wearing black clothing for the funeral.
Meanwhile, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio came under attack for singling out the Jewish community for breaking social distancing – when he travels 11 miles from his home to go for a walk in Prospect park, after saying he had instructed police to arrest mourners at funerals and anyone gathering in large groups in a new ‘zero tolerance’ approach to stop the spread of coronavirus.