Coronavirus: Health officials ban NYC wedding expected to draw 10K guests

Coronavirus: Health officials ban NYC wedding expected to draw 10K guests
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirmed that state officials put a stop to a scheduled wedding that was expected to draw a reported 10,000 guests. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

NEW YORK — Health officials in New York shut down a wedding that was expected to draw “upwards of 10,000” guests, delivering a ban that prohibited the large gathering, Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirmed Saturday.

Cuomo, during his Saturday briefing, said the ban on the New York City wedding that was scheduled for Monday in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn was imposed after state officials heard about the event. He said the Rockland County Sheriff’s Office issued a warning against attending an event in violation of gathering limits during the coronavirus pandemic, WNBC reported.

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“We received a suggestion that that was happening,” Cuomo said. “We did an investigation and found that it was likely true. There was a large wedding planned that would violate the gathering rules.

“Look, you can get married. You just can’t have 1,000 people at your wedding,” Cuomo added. “You get the same result at the end of the day. You’re married. It’s also cheaper.”

New York Health Commissioner Howard Ducker signed a Section 16 order prohibiting the large ceremony and reception from taking place, WABC reported.

Beth Garvey, special counsel and senior adviser to Cuomo, told reporters during the Saturday briefing that “the information that our investigation revealed was that upwards of 10,000 individuals were planned to attend.”

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