The New York Metropolis Sheriff’s Workplace busted a celebration of greater than 200 individuals who had 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 mentioned 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 Government orders,” the sheriff’s workplace mentioned in a press release.
The venue had been internet hosting a hookah celebration — meant to be capped at 45 company — that individuals paid to get into, sources mentioned.
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 mentioned.
The proprietor, 47-year-old Johnny Albuja, and an worker, Miguel Hernandez, 49, had been slapped with 5 summonses every for violation of emergency orders, unlicensed sale of alcohol and unlicensed warehousing of alcohol, the sheriff’s workplace mentioned.
Two different staffers, Juan Carlos Barona Uribe and Luis David Mera Acosta, each 27, had been every issued summonses for violation of emergency orders.
Coronavirus tips in New York at present permit indoor arts and leisure areas to function at 25 p.c capability — with all patrons required to put on a face protecting besides when consuming or ingesting.
In response to 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 company.
A request to the venue for remark wasn’t instantly returned Saturday evening.