The crackdown came amid an alarming spike in COVID-19 cases from Borough Park, Brooklyn, to Kew Gardens, Queens.
While many affected areas are home to large Orthodox Jewish populations, leaders pleaded with communities to avoid large gatherings. Last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced fines of up to $ 15,000 for holding large meetings and penalties of up to $ 1,000 for those who refuse to cover their faces.
Under new state rules, places of worship located in hotspots have not been allowed to accommodate groups of more than 10 since last Thursday.
“To keep all of New York City safe, we have to work together,” the city government’s Twitter account read Sunday afternoon. “The recent COVID outbreaks in Brooklyn and Queens will continue to receive additional FREE resources and strict enforcement. ”
Earlier Sunday, Governor Andrew Cuomo criticized the city for failing to enforce COVID-19 rules.
“People see that a law is not enforced – they reject it,” the governor said in a phone call with reporters.