New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio accused a New York City synagogue of trying to conceal a wedding from officials and fined the temple $15,000 for hosting a massive maskless wedding.
De Blasio brought up the wedding and fine during an appearance Monday on “Inside City Hall,” as noted by the New York Post. The wedding celebration occurred on Nov. 8 in celebration of Yoel Teitelbaum, grandson of Satmar Grand Rabbi Aaron Teitelbaum.
Mayor Bill de Blasio called the clandestine ceremony at Brooklyn’s Yetev Lev temple “just unacceptable.” https://t.co/MVt1XoRJP9
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De Blasio first announced the $15,000 fine the day after the wedding, when videos surfaced of the maskless crowd inside the Yetev Lev temple. The building has a capacity of 7,000, the Post reported.
It is unclear exactly how many people attended the wedding celebration. Despite not knowing the exact number in attendance, de Blasio claimed social-distancing guidelines and a mask order had been broken. (RELATED: British Student Agrees To Pay $8,500 Fine After Breaking Coronavirus Quarantine)
“That’s just not acceptable, I mean, we’ve been through so much,” de Blasio told New York 1’s Errol Louis, according to the outlet. “This was amazingly irresponsible, just unacceptable.”
“There appeared to be a real effort to conceal it, which is absolutely unacceptable,” de Blasio reportedly continued, according to the Post. “There will be a summons for $15,000 immediately for that site and there could be additional consequences quite soon as well.”