The New York Sheriff’s Office smashed a group of more than 200 people who violated restrictions on coronavirus in the Queens Catering Hall earlier Saturday.
Deputies smashed a bash in the Queens Luxe banquet hall on Rockway Boulevard in Ozone Park at 1:35 a.m. – and said they found about 215 unmasked revelers dancing, drinking and smoking a hookah inside.
“The patrons did not have a social distance, did not wear proper coverage and did not follow the emergency orders of the mayor and governors of COVID-19,” the sheriff said in a statement.
According to sources, a hookah party was held in the room, which was to be limited to 45 guests.
In addition to the violation of the COVID-19 rules by Mayor Bill de Blasio and the government of Andrew Cuomo, the catering establishment also operated without a license for alcoholic beverages, authorities said.
The owner, 47-year-old Johnny Albuja, and employee Miguel Hernandez, 49, received five summonses each for violating emergency orders, selling alcohol illegally and storing alcohol without a license, the sheriff’s office said.
Two other employees, Juan Carlos Baroni Uribe and Luis David Mary Acosti, 27, were issued summonses for violating emergency orders.
New York’s coronavirus guidelines now allow arts and entertainment facilities to operate at 25 percent capacity, with all patrons having to wear their faces except when eating or drinking.
According to its website, Queens Luxe has two ballrooms, one with a maximum capacity of 160 people and the other can accommodate up to 250 guests.
A request for comment was not returned immediately on Saturday night.