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Two Rockland County religious schools cited for ignoring closure order

Two religious schools were cited by the Rockland County Department of Health of violating an order calling for the suspension of classroom sessions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rockland county COVID-19The department issued violation notices to Central UTA of Monsey in Airmont and Kahal Shaarei Tefillah in Monsey; the latter also functions as a synagogue. Both entities were accused of ignoring the commissioner of health’s school closing order, which stated the continued operation of classroom teaching posed “an imminent and significant threat to the public health and safety” in the midst of the pandemic.

The department issued an edict warning that “each date upon which an entity violates any term of this order constitutes a separate and distinct violation subject to a civil penalty not to exceed the sum of two thousand dollars ($2,000.00) per violation per day.”

As of March 25, the Rockland County Department of Health has received 85 complaints related to alleged COVID-19 violations.

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  1. Bloomingburg ny hidsic community carrying on as business as usual going to school mickva and Saturday service

  2. Enough already. You are going against what HaShem says in our Torah! You are giving non orthodox Jews a bad name! 1st the measles outbreak & now this. You may as well eat a ham sandwich & wash it down with milk. You will have blood on your hands!!! STOP BEING SO PIG HEADED!!!

  3. Ed Day is an anti-Semite and you are trying to smear religious Jews relying I that anti-Semitic dog, without doing any investigative work whether the violation notice was rightfully given or not. Security footage was shown PROVING that the schools were closed but lunches were handed out just as they do in schools all over NY and in many places in the US. The giving of lunches followed the NY State directive of social distances with people staying in their cars and lunch placed in the trunks. Ed Day is not willing to know what really happened because he’d rather smear the Orthodox community with viscious lies.

    This is nothing more than a libel tht Ed Day is spreading with the help of media sites like yours.


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