On Friday, de Blasio warned religious leaders during his press briefing that if places of worship do not comply with the city’s shutdown order — he might close them down permanently.
De Blasio: churches and synagogues that hold worship services may be closed permanently
“A small number of religious communities, specific churches and specific synagogues, are unfortunately not paying attention to this guidance even though it’s so widespread,” de Blasio said during the briefing.
While he specifically mentioned synagogues and churches, he did not mention mosques at all.
“I want to say to all those who are preparing for the potential of religious services this weekend: If you go to your synagogue, if you go to your church and attempt to hold services after having been told so often not to, our enforcement agents will have no choice but to shut down those services,” he added.
The out-of-control mayor continued on to say that if churches and synagogues resist authorities, they may be shut down forever.
“If that does not happen, they will take additional action up to the point of fines and potentially closing the building permanently,” he said.