Brooklyn shop accused of anti-Semitism after banning residents from COVID-19 hot spots


A Brooklyn pottery business refused to allow in residents from some of the city’s COVID-19 hot spots, including those in heavily Jewish neighborhoods — prompting cries of anti-Semitism and forcing it to apologize.

The Painted Pot — a do-it-yourself pottery-painting store with locations in Park Slope and Cobble Hill — instituted the ban after the city revealed soaring coronavirus infection rates in a slew of areas in Brooklyn and Queens.

The business said it would be checking potential customers’ addresses at the door to ensure compliance.

“You must bring ID to show proof of residence,” the shop wrote, according to a tweet.

“At this time, families who live in the following zip codes are welcome to purchase Pottery to Go only and cannot paint in our studios.”

The business then listed eight ZIP codes — six of which are on the city’s hot-zone list of coronavirus-wracked neighborhoods, including such areas as Borough Park and Midwood, which have large Orthodox populations, while the other two are on a “watch list.”

The shop acknowledged in a Facebook posting Tuesday that people were so fired up over its policy — to the point where workers had to turn off their phones because of so many “awful comments’’ — that it backed off the move.

“I just received these messages: ‘That’s discrimination straight up! This isn’t Nazi Germany and people won’t stand for it.’ ‘How come you are not allowing jews to come for in person classes? What do you have against jewish people?’” the shop wrote.

“Please stop with this hatred,” the business said — adding, “We would like to offer all painters who took offense to our email, a free mug to paint if you would like to paint in our studio.

“I would [like] to apologize to customers who were upset by our original email. … Again, we were in no way discriminating anyone from entering our studio.”

The business also posted a mea culpa on Instagram.

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