Religious gatherings of less than 10 allowed across NYS starting today

Starting Thursday, religious gatherings of less than 10 people will be allowed across the state.

News 12 Staff

May 21, 2020, 10:05 AM

Updated 1,464 days ago

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Starting Thursday, religious gatherings of less than 10 people will be allowed across the state.
The gatherings have some restrictions, including no more than 10 people allowed and all participants must practice social distancing measures and wear masks.
The city has seen some instances where people still continue to gather in large crowds, like Wednesday morning in Williamsburg. Police tell News 12 they received a 311 call about social distancing concerns inside 113 South 8th St. Police say when they got there they found a large crowd, but when they told them to disperse they say the group did.
Police say the interaction was peaceful and there were no arrests or summonses. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that he hopes by allowing small religious gatherings it will offer some comfort in these stressful times.
“I think even at this time of stress and when people are so anxious and so confused, I think those religious ceremonies can be very comforting. But we need to find out how to do it, and do it safely, and do it smartly. The last thing we want to do is have a religious ceremony that winds up having more people infected,” says Gov. Cuomo.
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