State, county health officials file suit seeking to close Orange County school in hot spot
Health commissioners in New York state and Orange County have filed a lawsuit in an effort to force a Kiryas Joel school to comply with the state's orders to close its doors.
Court documents say children at the Bnei Yoel school on Acres Road in Monroe were seen entering without masks and not social distancing.
Just this week, the school was among three that were issued cease-and-desist orders.
Fines up to $15,000 for schools and local governments can be issued, if they aren't complying with efforts to lower soaring infection rates in hot spot communities.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo reinstated restrictions this month on businesses, houses of worship and schools in and near areas where coronavirus cases are spiking.
The new rules, which include school and business shutdowns and limitations on gatherings, affect parts of Brooklyn and Queens in New York City, sections of Orange and Rockland counties outside the city, and an area within Binghamton in the Southern Tier.
Some Jewish leaders have called the measures “blatantly anti-Semitic” for targeting Orthodox communities. On Friday, in a case brought by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, a federal judge upheld Cuomo’s order limiting worship to as few as 10 congregants in communities seeing spikes in coronavirus infections.
Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.