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Report: organizers of five Brooklyn High Holiday gatherings hit with $15,000 fines

The organizers of five Jewish religious gatherings in the Hasidic hub of Borough Park, Brooklyn, received maximum-allowable $15,000 fines for violating state rules limiting such gatherings to 10 people in areas where coronavirus infection rates are highest, sources told the New York Post.

The city said that it handed out $150,000 total in fines in designated “red” zones over the weekend for violations of new executive orders by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, which went into effect Friday.

Cuomo promised an enforcement blitz in red zones throughout the New York City area, saying that he would rely on hundreds of city employees to enforce the new state laws, as well as existing state laws on mask wearing, gatherings and social distancing.

The Post said it was not clear whether the fines handed out were part of Cuomo’s enforcement initiative.

Over the weekend, during the last two days of the High Holidays, Hasidic Jews in red zone areas largely went ahead with prayer gatherings, though in a much quieter fashion than in a typical year.

Ari Feldman is a staff writer at the Forward. Contact him at feldman@forward.com or follow him on Twitter @aefeldman

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