BROOKLYN — Although a yeshiva school in Brooklyn was busted for operating during the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the owners will not be issued a summons.
The mayor told PIX11 Morning News that the incident was “absolutely unacceptable” and everyone “has been warned several times” about large gatherings.
De Blasio referenced the message he put out on Friday, noting that if NYPD finds any gatherings, officers will break it up.
“Summons is there for anyone who resists,” de Blasio said.
The school was busted Monday for operating secretly despite coronavirus rules mandating remote learning, a police spokesperson said.
A tip to 311 led police to the school on Madison Street, near Ralph Avenue, on the border of Bedford-Stuyvesant and Bushwick, the police said.
Officers found about 60 students inside the building, according to the NYPD.
Owners of the yeshiva immediately dispersed. If they decide to break the rules again, harsher discipline will be taken. “If they have to shut down the building, we will,” the mayor said.
When asked if barbershops and other businesses that are busted for being open will also have the same outcome as the yeshiva, de Blasio said most businesses will be asked to disperse during their first offense.
“If people agree and do what they need to do, we’re not here to add to their economic hardship. If they don’t agree, if they don’t act quickly, that’s when the summons comes.”