NYC Banquet Hall cited for massive party violating coronavirus restrictions

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The New York sheriff’s deputies closed a catering hall that they said was hosting an illegal party for more than 200 people who were not wearing coronar virus masks or two meters apart.

According to reports, the COVID-19 enforcement action took place at Queens Luxe Banquet Hall near Kennedy Airport at 1:35 am on Saturday.

“Patrons were not socially dissociated, did not wear proper face coverings and did not comply with Mayoral and Gubernatorial COVID-19 Emergency Executive orders,” said the NYC Sheriff’s Department, according to the New York Post.

Queens Luxe catering hall in New York City was the scene of a coronavirus enforcement action over the weekend.
(Sheriff’s Department van New York City)

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The paper quoted sources as saying that the venue hosted a hookah party with a cover charge and that under COVID restrictions, the crowd size was limited to 45 people.

The facility also sold unlicensed alcohol, the Post reported.

Owner Johnny Albuja, 47, and an employee were sued for violating emergency warrants, selling alcohol without a license and storing alcohol without a license, the paper said.

Two other employees were summoned for violation of emergency warrants.

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A request for comment from the banquet hall was not immediately answered.

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