On Tuesday evening, photos began circulating on social media showing a large gathering for a funeral, reportedly in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
The funeral was reportedly for Rabbi Chaim Mertz, who died from COVID-19.
Tipster says this is the Williamsburg funeral today of Rabbi Chaim Mertz who died from COVID-19 https://t.co/wsTvCrlzpb— Reuven Blau (@Reuven Blau) 1588119605.0
Scenes like this can set the process of reopening back weeks. Worse off, it risks more funerals. @NYPDnews is gonna… https://t.co/SW3IO4mITp— Menashe Shapiro 😷 (@Menashe Shapiro 😷) 1588123299.0
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says he personally went to disperse the gathering.
"Something absolutely unacceptable happened in Williamsburg tonite: a large funeral gathering in the middle of this pandemic. When I heard, I went there myself to ensure the crowd was dispersed. And what I saw WILL NOT be tolerated so long as we are fighting the Coronavirus," de Blaso promised.
Something absolutely unacceptable happened in Williamsburg tonite: a large funeral gathering in the middle of this… https://t.co/7FTWumhwzy— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@Mayor Bill de Blasio) 1588123765.0