Violations of social-distancing rules in New York City designed to fight the coronavirus “will be met by summonses and arrests, period—no more warnings,” vowed Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was angered after a funeral drew a large crowd in Brooklyn, the Wall Street Journal reports. De Blasio said he was “deeply, deeply” distressed after members of the ultra-orthodox Jewish community gathered for the funeral of a prominent rabbi. The community said it had reached out to local police to coordinate the event, but police later said they had not been prepared for the size of the crowd.
Mass gatherings were banned in the state as of March 22 as part of measures to curb the pandemic. As of April 19, New York authorities had issued fines for social-distancing violations 244 times while conducting proactive enforcement. Through April 18, residents submitted 14,000 complaints to police about people violating social-distancing rules. Officers issued 21 summonses and made five arrests in connection with those complaints.