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High losses from COVID restaurant restrictions, but salons hold illegal banquets in Brooklyn

The strict laws of the governorate and the city do not seem to apply to everyone

Changes in the urban landscape due to the pandemic

Photo: Andrés Correa Guatarasma / Courtesy

Thousands of dollars New York loses daily due to current restrictions on the service of restaurants and party halls due to the pandemic, also generating high unemployment.

They have been applied fines for violators and even withdrawal of operating licensesBut the strict laws of the governorate and city do not seem to apply to everyone. At least three party halls in Brooklyn have been active in recent days, between weddings and banquets.

In addition, they are located in Borough Park, a neighborhood where last week Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a “spike” in which 16 people had tested positive for the coronavirus, some “linked to a recent wedding – a big wedding, actually – in the community.”

New York Post reported celebrations in which some 200 guests and workers participated each one on the night of Monday 24th in the “Torah Vyirah”, “Ateres Chaya” and “Ohr Hachaim Viznitz” celebration rooms, located along a 10-block stretch of 53rd and 54th streets.

They apparently hosted Hasidic Jewish weddings. In “Torah Vyriah,” the windows were covered with paper to keep people from looking inward, as people in formal clothes got out of cars that stopped near a side door on 54th Street.

In “Ateres Chaya” the windows were also darkened and the guests entered through a door at the back, next to a garage.

Outside of “Ohr Hachaim Viznitz” people were seen unloading gifts and music could be heard from inside, where the newspaper saw about 20 men and boys dancing, while the workers appeared to be cleaning.

Social gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited by the rules related to the pandemic, and De Blasio promised that the Department of Health will crack down on the soup kitchens “to let them know that those standards must be upheld.”

In a similar history, in May the NYPD closed a school with 100 students violating quarantine in New York, and they criticized the mayor for alleged preferential treatment for the Orthodox Jewish community of Brooklyn, something he categorically denied.