Officials axe 10,000-person wedding under coronavirus rules

Penny Burfitt
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·2-min read

A planned wedding gathering of 10,000 people has been shut down after authorities were called to investigate.

The wedding was set to take place in Brooklyn, New York and officials confirmed a planned 10,000 were expected to attend the event.

Image of wedding set up seats next to aisle represent 10,000 guests expected to attend New York wedding
A 10,000 person wedding in New York has been shut down by officials over coronavirus fears. Photo: Getty Images

The news was confirmed over the weekend by New York governor Andrew Cuomo, who revealed that after a tip-off, the state investigated and confirmed the event was being planned.

"We were told it was going to take place,” he said to gathered press.

“We investigated and found that it might be true. There was a big wedding planned that would have violated the rules on gatherings.”

Officials said the event planned in Williamsburg was expected to attract ‘upwards of 10,000 people’ and was set to be held at a Hasidic synagogue.

Image of wedding guests represents 10k covid wedding planned
Officials said the event was expected to attract 'upwards of 10,000 people'. Photo: Getty Images

Though outside of the COVID-19 cluster zone in Brooklyn, the event’s size triggered action from city officials.

It was confirmed that an order to halt the wedding was served by the city’s Sherrif Office and signed by the state health commissioner.

Organisers of the event have since confirmed that following the order only close family will attend, with other guests now agreeing to stay home.

Cuomo said at the conference that while weddings are allowed, they needed to be limited.

“Look, you can get married, you just can’t have 1,000 people at your wedding,” said Cuomo.

Weddings in spotlight during coronavirus pandemic

Bride and groom represent difficulty organising wedding during coronavirus
Weddings have been put under a microscope during the pandemic. Photo: Getty Images

It comes after weddings, in general, have been put under the microscope during the pandemic.

With restrictions of number of guests, dancing, entertainment and even attire, many a crisis has cropped up online prompting intense debate around the rules.

In August a pair of newlyweds and their 18-person strong wedding party were slammed after they staged an ‘appalling’ stunt in the middle of coronavirus hotspot New York City.

In a video that went viral on TikTok and Reddit, a wedding party posed for snaps in the middle of New York’s bustling Fifth Avenue.

The party include the bride, groom, nine bridesmaids and nine groomsmen none of whom were wearing masks as they posed in the centre of one of the city’s busiest streets.

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