If you are thinking about partying this news break might make you stay home. A wedding and a birthday party turned into covid-19 “superspreaders” causing more than 50 cases of COVID-19 cases and nearly 300 people to quarantine.
According to ABC, the wedding was held October 17, at the North Fork Country Club in Cutchogue, Long Island, and exceeding the 50 people per room maximum issued by the state.
And now the venue is left with a hefty $17,000 fine. 91 people attended the wedding—27 guests, 2 employees and 1 contracted the virus— and 160 people had to quarantine.
“This kind of blatant disregard for the well being of others is not only extremely disappointing, it will not be tolerated,” Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone stated during a news conference on Wednesday.
On the same day as the wedding was a nearby adult birthday party in the town of Bellport, which included 50 attendees. Bellone acknowledged the party didn’t violate the state’s Covid-19 rules but it did show what happens when people don’t properly social distance.
The birthday party ended with 26 confirmed coronavirus cases, causing 132 people to quarantine, the news station reports.
Suffolk County was already trying to recover from the aftermath of a Sweet 16 party that took place two weeks before. That party left 28 students and 9 adults with the virus, and the venue where it took place, Miller Place Inn received a $12,000 fine for its role.
Suffolk County has had 50,000 confirmed cases and 2,000 deaths as of October 29. According to John Hopkins,Suffolk has been ranked 15th among the list of deadliest counties in the country.
“These kinds of superspreader events are a threat to our public health and to our continued economic recovery,” Bellone said.
“If you violate the rules, you’ll be caught and held responsible,” he said.