Officials shut down illegal club in NYC with 160 people inside amid COVID-19 pandemic
It violated health and fire codes and had no liquor license.
December 21, 2020, 6:29 AM
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Officials shut down an illegal nightclub in New York City Sunday morning.
At around 2:45 a.m., New York City Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the hidden establishment in the borough of Queens and found more than 164 people inside.
The building — which deputies said partygoers entered through a rear alleyway — is located on 243rd Street in Rosedale.
Officials confirmed the news on Twitter, and said that the secret club violated health guidelines amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
In New York City, indoor or outdoor gatherings of more than 10 people are not allowed in private homes, and gatherings of more than 50 people are not allowed whatsoever, according to the city’s official website.
The club also violated fire codes and did not have a liquor license, officials said on Twitter.
Five people have been charged with multiple offenses.
“Deputy Sheriffs shut down illegal bottle club @ 145-12 243rd Street Queens, access via rear alley: 164+ people, violation of emergency orders, barricaded egress, no liquor license, fire & health code violations, 5 charged with multiple offenses,” the sheriff’s office wrote on Twitter.
During the pandemic, city officials have made various shutdowns and arrests related to illegal gatherings.