As the American metropolis struggles with the COVID-19 pandemic, a synagogue in Brooklyn has officiated a wedding with thousands of guests who did not comply with the sanitary measures in force, BFM TV reports, quoting AFP.

Pictures from the ceremony, which took place on November 8, were published last weekend by the New York Post.

On Tuesday, Bill de Blasio, the Democratic mayor of New York, announced a fine of 15,000 euros for the Yetev Lev synagogue and warned that the place of worship could be closed in case of recidivism.

“It’s unacceptable for people to organize such a big event when we know it’s promoting the transmission of the new coronavirus,” the New York health chief said.

The pandemic has fueled strong tensions between New York City Hall and the city’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, which is refusing to comply with health measures to combat the disease.

On Sunday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called for an investigation into the Brooklyn wedding, saying it was “blatantly disregarding” the law.