Reports have emerged of a wedding held in the ultra-Orthodox Hasidic Jewish community of New York City where thousands of people were crammed together indoors and tried to keep this violation of safety protocols secret from the authorities.
New York City officials on Monday announced that they would fine the organizers of a Hasidic Jewish wedding that was attended by thousands of people earlier this month, calling it reckless and accusing organizers of concealing it from authorities.
The New York Times reported that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) said that those who planned the wedding took active steps to ensure that the thousands of participants would not reveal news of the wedding to city authorities.
Video of the wedding that first appeared online and was obtained by the Times shows thousands of men packed closely together in a hall for the wedding, and a report of the cover-up efforts reportedly appeared in a local Hasidic newspaper.
Their efforts to keep this wedding secret do not seem to be all that well thought. Even if you are as close-knit a group as the Hasidic community, when thousands of people are involved, word will get out, especially if your very own community newspaper is willing to print it.
Religious groups think that they are entitled to live by different rules from the rest of us. In the process they are going to make sick and kill off not only their own members but others too, and put a lot of strain on an already stressed health care system.