Orange County officials say COVID-19 violations issued for noncompliance in Kiryas Joel

County officials confirm state health inspectors and state police were issuing fines for the first time Tuesday in the COVID-19 hot spot, as village schools there appeared to remain open against the executive order.

News 12 Staff

Oct 13, 2020, 9:19 PM

Updated 1,374 days ago


State officials in the Hudson Valley are issuing red zone violations for COVID-19 noncompliance.
As the COVID-19 crackdown ramps up in New York, the pushback continues in hot spot Hasidic village of Kiryas Joel, where backpacked students walked into private schools Tuesday, school buses were on roads and cars packed the parking lot at the village's main synagogue.
Orange County officials say that state health inspectors and police are issuing violations in the state-designated red zone after Gov. Andrew Cuomo's orders on Friday to close schools and limit houses of worship to 10 people at a time.
There are similar reports of noncompliance at another Hasidic hot spot in New Square, where thousands reportedly attended religious services in the village's main synagogue on Sunday.
Rockland County officials say so far, there's no word from the state about fines there, but that, "We fully expect, as per the Governor's directive, that if the location and the organizers of this possible mass gathering are identified that the maximum fine of $15,000 will be levied by the New York State Police Enforcement Task Force."
Some religious community members have promised not to comply to the orders, hoping state law would be overturned in a federal lawsuit, which was overturned on Friday.
The violations issued in Kiryas Joel are the first since the start of the pandemic, in a community that kept schools open last spring and continued to have large, maskless gatherings despite state law.

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