Three people were arrested for violating the city’s social distancing restrictions outside an iconic Jewish synagogue in Brooklyn.
The arrests at the World Headquarters of Chabad-Lubavitch on Thursday came after police responded to calls about “New Yorkers NOT social distancing” outside the synagogue, NYPD Chief Terence Monahan said in a tweet.
“After numerous warnings from officers and continued disputes, three arrests were made,” Monahan wrote.
Arrested during the incident were Menachem Hilel, 29, who was charged with assault and criminal trespass, police said Sunday.
Two other men, Ariel Balon, 37, and Moshe Blumenfeld, 20, were each charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and obstructing governmental administration, police said.
Yaacov Behrman, a spokesman for Chabad-Lubavitch, said Sunday that the men were part of an unsanctioned group gathering outside the temple, which had been closed due to coronavirus restrictions. He said police had the synagogue’s blessing to break up the gathering outside the building.
“We made it clear that we support any action the police take to uphold the law,” Behrman said.
He said the group “had no permission to be there. Chabad made it clear no one has permission to be on the property.”
Police have begun cracking down on large gatherings that violate the city’s lockdown rules, including a raucous gathering at a Brooklyn barbershop on Saturday.
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