Two men from the fire department dispersed a wedding reception celebration on Tuesday March 17, in Brooklyn, New York where a couple was hosting more than 200 guests in defiance with the new restriction on public events.
According to the New York Times, although state officials warned people about the danger of large gatherings amid the coronavirus outbreak, this couple was simply not having it.
“Everything was exactly how it would have been if there hadn’t been any kind of a pandemic,” said a musician who played at the event, which he said drew more than 200 people. He declined to be named for fear of losing future jobs. “I was assuming it would be canceled,” he said.
The wedding was broken up by two men in Fire Department jackets who arrived in a red pickup truck and dispersed the crowd.
It is reported that the wedding was being held in a venue that also houses a religious school. According to a local business man in the area, Mordy Getz, the wedding was just one of several large Hasidic weddings that had happened in recent days.
The coronavirus pandemic turned life upside down in many cities across the world. To combat the spread of the virus, there has been closure of schools, restrictions on bars and restaurants and a ban on public gatherings.
As of Tuesday (the day of the wedding), more than 1,500 people in New York State had tested positive for the virus and 12 people had died from the virus in New York State.
This incident goes to show the challenge authorities may face in persuading people to adapt to the public health restrictions enacted amid the coronavirus outbreak.