DOH issues cease, desist order to alleged illegally operating school in Bed-Stuy

The Department of Health has issued a cease and desist order to Nitra Yeshiva in Bed-Stuy after police found over 60 students violating social distancing rules.

News 12 Staff

May 19, 2020, 8:05 PM

Updated 1,464 days ago

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The Department of Health has issued a cease and desist order to Nitra Yeshiva in Bed-Stuy after police found over 60 students violating social distancing rules. 
The DOH issued a cease and desist order to Rabbi David Moskowitz, of Nitra Yeshiva, on Monday. It states that as the governor ordered in March, nonessential gatherings, including services within houses of worship are postponed or cancelled and schools are closed. 
The order said that yeshiva staff claimed it was the first time it was opening, but a witness said they had observed many children inside the school several times over the last week. 
The letter also claims the NYPD observed buses arrive to take children home which indicates a coordinated gathering.
Mayor Bill de Blasio stated that most businesses and organizations have complied with new regulations by the city to stop the spread of COVID-19. However, he added that any who fail to do so will definitely face complete closure.
“If there's resistance to correcting the problem, then we will unquestionably issue summonses. If there's continued resistance, more summonses or even a close down a business or a building,” said de Blasio. 
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On Monday, police say they were tipped off by a 311 call that classes were in session at 841 Madison St. Officers found 60 students inside, violating social distancing orders. 
The NYPD tells News 12 officers asked a man operating the school to close its doors—he complied and students left with no enforcement action taken. 
In an interview with a local station, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea says police will be keeping a close eye on the location. Shea also stated that if anyone were to return to the building a summons would be appropriate.
News 12 reached out to the yeshiva staff for a comment and have not yet heard back. 
 


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