The NYPD on Monday shut down a Brooklyn yeshiva that held a class with at least 60 children, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. The police department said it did not issue summonses in the bust.

What You Need To Know

  • NYPD: Dozens of children were in a class at a Bedford-Stuyvesant yeshiva.

  • Officers ordered the administrator to disperse the class.

  • De Blasio touts social distancing enforcement, but no summonses were issued.

Police said there were reports of people congregating around 11:30 a.m. at Nitra Yeshiva on Madison Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

About 60 students were inside, according to the NYPD, although the mayor said the number was “as many as 70.”

Officers ordered the administrator to disperse the class, and the city is issuing a Cease and Desist Order against the yeshiva.

In his weekly “Mondays with the Mayor” interview on Inside City Hall, de Blasio insisted the police department cracks down on large gatherings and issues summonses if a crowd does not disperse, but the NYPD confirmed it did not give any summonses for this bust.


De Blasio has stressed the importance of social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic, but the city had to break up an Orthodox Jewish funeral in Williamsburg last month that drew about 2,000 mourners — many without face coverings and not engaging in social distancing — packed the streets, and some bars have held New Orleans-style parties on city sidewalks.


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