New York City officials closed two Jewish religious schools in Brooklyn for failing to meet the Health Department's determination regarding the measles outbreak.
Tiferes Bnos and the Talmud Torah D 'Nitra pre-school are barred from opening until the Department of Health approves plans from schools to prevent unvaccinated students from coming to school, according to reports.
Earlier this month, Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a health emergency and ordered that unvaccinated people living or working in four largely orthodox neighborhoods in Williamsburg should receive the vaccine or be required to pay fines of up to $ 1,000.
"Schools that continue to disregard our guidance during the outbreak will be closed until they can prove to the Department of Health that they will comply," said health commissioner Dr Oxiris Barbot. "The reality is that the longer schools and individuals comply with our Order, the more this outbreak will continue."
Five schools closed by the Department of Health for failing to comply with regulations prohibiting unvaccinated students and requiring schools to maintain medical and on-site medical records were authorized to reopen this week, the New York Daily News reported.
In addition, 57 people received subpoenas because they did not comply with the Health Department's emergency order to be vaccinated.
As of Monday, 423 cases of measles have been confirmed in New York since the outbreak began in October, with 348 cases in Williamsburg, according to the Yeshiva World News.