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400-guest party broken up by London police for breaking COVID rules

Published : 24 Jan 2021, 01:50

  DF News Desk

File Photo Xinhua.

The organiser of a wedding attended by 400 guests in north London is facing a fine of 10,000 pounds for a "shameful" breach of COVID-19 lockdown rules, reported Xinhua, quoting police.

London police found revellers packed together at the ceremony held inside Yesoday Hatorah Girls Senior School in Egerton Road, Stamford Hill, in the north of the British capital.

It is one of the largest breaches of restrictions police have discovered in London.

Police officers had received reports of a large gathering around 9:15 p.m. on Thursday, the Evening Standard newspaper reported.

Around 400 people were at the venue, which had windows covered to stop anyone seeing inside, said the newspaper. Many of the guests left as police arrived.

The event organiser will be reported for consideration of a 10,000-pound fine, while five other attendees were issued with 200 pounds (about 273.62 dollars) fixed penalty notices.

Under current rules in England, weddings and civil partnerships should only take place in exceptional circumstances, for example, if one of the couple is seriously ill and not expected to recover.

England is currently under the third national lockdown since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country. Similar restriction measures are also in place in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

To bring life back to normal, countries such as Britain, China, Germany, Russia and the United States have been racing against time to roll out coronavirus vaccines.