NY Gov. Cuomo threatens religious groups over coronavirus restrictions: “I’m going to close the synagogues”

by Peter Heck · Oct 6th, 2020 10:47 am

Last Updated Oct 7th, 2020 at 10:26 pm

Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo took specific aim at religious groups Monday, specifically warning them that he would close them if they failed to obey his guidelines for public gatherings. He notably took aim at Jewish synagogues.

"We know religious institutions have been a problem," Cuomo said. "We know mass gatherings are the super spreader events. We know there have been mass gatherings going on in concert with religious institutions in these communities for weeks. For weeks."

To demonstrate how disobedient those religious communities have become, Cuomo displayed an image of a crowded synagogue that was later exposed to be from a funeral in 2006, according to Jewish Insider's Jacob Kornbluh.

When addressing how he might attempt to enforce his mandates, Cuomo recommended state officials doing head counts as people arrived.

"You stand at the front door. When they go over 75, you close the door and call me," Cuomo said. "And if you have any problem, the state police officer is down the block, and he will come help you."


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