Police said there were about 60 people inside Nitra Yeshiva at 841 Madison Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant when cops showed up before noon and started to clear the building.
“All they did was go to the school and told the students to disperse,” an NYPD spokesman told The Post. “There were no summonses or arrests. They complied and left on their own accord.”
At least two residents in the neighborhood tipped off police, reporting that the building was occupied and children were seen playing on the school’s roof without masks, NBC-News reported.
City and state orders prohibit large gatherings and require that residents wear masks in public as a precaution against the coronavirus pandemic.
The NYPD has struggled to enforce the social-distancing guidelines in recent weeks, including large gatherings at Orthodox funerals and other gatherings. Most Orthodox Jewish leaders, however, have vowed to adhere to the restrictions during the lockdown.
“Talmud says, ‘the law of the land is the law,’” Natfuli Moster, founder of the yeshiva reform group YAFFED, told The Post Monday. “Yeshiva leaders need to restore cultural compliance with state and local regulations. This applies to all guidelines pertaining to children’s schooling.”