Officials said authorities dispersed an indoor wedding reception with hundreds of attendees in Queens Friday night.
New York City sheriffs said they received an anonymous complaint about a large gathering flouting social distancing guidelines at the Royal Elite Palace catering hall late Friday night.
9/25/20 @ 2330HRS: Deputy Sheriffs shut down illegal gathering @ 69-02 Garfield Ave, Queens: 284 people inside, location had one means of egress, violation of emergency orders & unlicensed security. 2 charged with multiple offenses. pic.twitter.com/yW39Mpl9nn
— NYC SHERIFF (@NYCSHERIFF) September 26, 2020
Officials said they found 284 guests inside the venue and that the wedding was serving food and alcohol without adhering to guidelines, according to NBC New York.
The sheriff’s office said the manager of the venue received four citations, while the owner received two for nonadherence to Mayor Bill De Blasio’s (D) pandemic guidelines.
The city, once an epicenter of the pandemic, saw its numbers decline in recent months but has recently seen a surge in Queens and Brooklyn.
“This may be the most precarious moment that we’re facing since we have emerged from lockdown,” Health Commissioner Dave Chokshi said at a Friday press conference. “We will move as swiftly as the situation warrants. If this growth continues, it will turn into widespread transmission potentially citywide.”
Eight neighborhoods have seen outbreaks more than three times the citywide average in the last two weeks, officials said Sunday, although Woodside, where the venue is located, was not one of them.