The Orthodox Jewish wedding was to take place in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Social gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed in New York. For religious events in a church or temple, the limit is 33 percent of the building’s capacity.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced during a press conference that the wedding has been banned. “You can get married,” he said. “But you just can’t host thousands of people at your wedding.” According to Cuomo, that is not necessary either: “At the end of the day you have the same result. And it is cheaper too!”
In New York City, more than 23,800 people have died of Covid-19 since the spring. The city managed to contain the number of infections through a lockdown, but it has been rising again in the last few weeks, especially in districts where many Orthodox Jews live. Last week, therefore, stricter measures were announced again, including the closure of schools and non-essential businesses.