NYC Mayor De Blasio showed up at an Orthodox Jewish funeral in Williamsburg Tuesday and threatened mourners with arrest for ignoring social distancing

Published: April 29, 2020  Updated: April 29, 2020 at 8:32 am EST

Mayor Bill De Blasio has instructed police to arrest mourners at funerals and anyone gathering in large groups in a new ‘zero tolerance’ approach to stop the spread of coronavirus – after he drove across New York City to witness hundreds gathered in Brooklyn.

The mayor showed up at an Orthodox Jewish funeral in Williamsburg Tuesday night and threatened mourners with arrest for ignoring social distancing rules.

De Blasio traveled to personally shut down the gathering after images surfaced on social media of a massive funeral for a rabbi who died from coronavirus.

Shocking photos revealed hundreds of people gathered in the streets to pay their respects to Rabbi Chaim Mertz.

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