A bride faces a £ 10,000 fine after police raided her wedding reception in an east London restaurant with the shutters pulled down.
Concerned neighbors who thought the property would be broken into due to the noise of police finding more than 250 people in the venue on Old Kent Road in London.
Detective Superintendent Nicky Arrowsmith said, "Reporting a fine is clearly not a wedding gift that people would expect. However, since it was such an obvious violation of the rules, it was absolutely necessary."
Several nightclubs have been fined for violating lockdown rules, including clubs in Birmingham and Manchester.
A nightclub was fined £ 10,000 after police found over a hundred revelers dancing in a marquee – what the owners tried to pass off as an outdoor venue
A nightclub in Digbeth, Birmingham, was fined £ 10,000 after police discovered more than 100 revelers in a club marquee.
More than 50 people were found in an apartment in the Angel Meadows area of Manchester last night.
The event organizer was fined £ 10,000 after officials found DJ mixing decks, industrial speakers and a buffet.
The troop said the party has been closed and the promoter has imposed a fixed £ 10,000 fine for violating coronavirus law – one of the first since Tier Manchester entered Tier 3 restrictions .
According to GMP, since the area's new alert status came into effect on Friday, 52 fines have been imposed for a range of rule violations and in varying amounts.
Deputy Police Chief Mabs Hussain said, "This party was an apparent disregard for the rules and public health."
The Metropolitan Police in London, which is under Tier 2 alert restrictions, said officials closed a wedding with around 250 guests as an "blatant violation" of Covid-19 regulations.
Police said officers were called to a venue on Old Kent Road at 8:20 p.m. on October 18 after affected residents suspected it had been broken into.
Detective Superintendent Nicky Arrowsmith said, “This incident was an apparent breach of the regulations and could have been a breeding ground for the transmission of the virus.
“There were over 200 people in the house, no social distancing and no attempts to secure the Covid venue as per government guidelines.
& # 39; The guidelines are there for a reason to keep people safe.
"Reporting a fine is clearly not a wedding gift that people would expect. However, since it was such a blatant violation of the regulations, it was absolutely necessary."
A nightclub was fined £ 10,000 after police found over a hundred revelers dancing in a marquee – what the owners wanted to pass off as an outdoor venue.
Body cam footage shows officials entering Lab 11 in the trendy Digbeth neighborhood of Birmingham after concerns were raised on Saturday night.
The organizers, who claimed the event would take place outdoors, even though the marquee had a roof and walls, were fined £ 10,000 for violating coronavirus restrictions.
Loud house music can be heard in the video, which is pumped out of the speakers when the police enter the specially constructed marquee and find around 120 people in it.
An officer can be heard saying to his colleague, “I don't think that's outside. You have walls here and there.
His partner replies: "Never on Sundays in a month."
The policeman can then hear him explain to the owner, “If we go back on why we're trying this, we're trying to get the air circulating, aren't we, so that the virus doesn't spread.
“There are also groups there that dance, they should sit down, right? You have a responsibility to control your customers.
"This is no longer a game, people are dying, you have to understand that all right?"
The popular warehouse nightclub, which promises night owls an "intergalactic rave in the beating heart of the Midlands," is the fourth venue in the region to have recently been fined.
A hookah lounge, hotel manager and an illegal rave organizer were previously fined £ 10,000 by West Midlands Police.
People in Birmingham and most of the West Midlands are not allowed to mix with different households indoors under high coronavirus alert.
Sergeant Nick Giess of the Birmingham Police Licensing team said, “The venue tried to argue that it was an outdoor event but there were walls and a roof so it was essentially a building, not inside same category as a beer garden fell.
“We spoke to people at five tables, and four of them had people from different households.
“People were allowed to move around freely without a mask and dance to really loud music – all of this contradicts the rules that were put in place to stop the virus from spreading.
“People shouldn't think we're trying to stop people from having fun. It's the opposite – we're trying to keep people safe and limit the spread of the virus so hopefully the restrictions can be relaxed. & # 39;
Body cam footage shows officials entering Lab 11 in the trendy Digbeth neighborhood of Birmingham, West Midlands, after concerns were raised Saturday night
In a statement posted on the nightclub's website, they revealed they were now forced to close.
They wrote, “It makes us sad to say this, but LAB11 is being temporarily closed with immediate effect.
& # 39; We have done everything in our power to create a safe and comfortable environment that complies with restrictions and guidelines.
& # 39; Despite very difficult self-financed reinvestments and changes to the venue, the latest guidelines and our discussions with authorities have cast doubts about the legality and practicality of the openness.
“Since we are enforceable, we must respect the guidelines and strive to adhere to them.
“In recent months, our priority has been to provide a safe way to socialize for people who normally enjoy the nightlife while trying to protect numerous workplaces at the venue and support businesses. Unfortunately, this is no longer possible at this point.
& # 39; As the venue does not receive funding it has put further pressure on our survival.
& # 39; All ticket holders will receive a full refund within 7 days.
& # 39; We will evaluate the feasibility of reopening if the guidelines change in the future. If we find this safe, we will be back at that point. & # 39;
The organizers, who claimed the event would take place outdoors, even though the marquee had a roof and walls, were fined £ 10,000 for violating coronavirus restrictions