The New York Metropolis Sheriff’s Workplace busted a celebration of greater than 200 individuals who have been flouting coronavirus restrictions at a Queens catering corridor early Saturday.
Deputies crashed the bash on the Queens Luxe Banquet Corridor on Rockaway Boulevard in Ozone Park at 1:35 a.m. — and stated they discovered some 215 maskless revelers dancing, ingesting and smoking hookah inside.
“Patrons weren’t social distancing, not carrying correct face coverings, and never adhering to the Mayoral and Gubernatorial COVID-19 Emergency Govt orders,” the sheriff’s workplace stated in a press release.
The venue had been internet hosting a hookah social gathering — meant to be capped at 45 visitors — that individuals paid to get into, sources stated.
Along with violating Mayor Invoice de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s COVID-19 guidelines, the catering corridor was additionally working and not using a liquor license, authorities stated.
The proprietor, 47-year-old Johnny Albuja, and an worker, Miguel Hernandez, 49, have been slapped with 5 summonses every for violation of emergency orders, unlicensed sale of alcohol and unlicensed warehousing of alcohol, the sheriff’s workplace stated.
Two different staffers, Juan Carlos Barona Uribe and Luis David Mera Acosta, each 27, have been every issued summonses for violation of emergency orders.
Coronavirus tips in New York presently permit indoor arts and leisure areas to function at 25 % capability — with all patrons required to put on a face overlaying besides when consuming or ingesting.
In accordance with its web site, the Queens Luxe has two ballrooms, one with a most capability of 160 folks and one other that may maintain as much as 250 visitors.
A request to the venue for remark wasn’t instantly returned Saturday night time.