Authorities said a wedding in London, in which the UK lockdown was breached, was broken by police on Thursday night.
At first, the Metropolitan Police said that 400 people attended the wedding, but later the force revised the number to 150.
According to the UK Coronavirus Lockdown Guidance, a maximum of six guests are currently allowed to attend weddings and civic participation ceremonies. However, those ceremonies should only occur “in exceptional circumstances”, such as when a partner has a terminal illness.
Police said they were called to a school in the London neighborhood of Stamford Hill on Thursday night with reports of a large gathering.
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The Metropolitan Police said in a release, “The group had gathered for the wedding and had taken several steps to thwart their activity.
According to police, the wedding organizer is being fined £ 10,000 (about $ 13,685 USD) and five other attendees have been given £ 200 (about $ 274 USD) for “fixed penalty notices.”
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The venue was Yodode Hatora Senior Girls’ School, a state-funded Orthodox Jewish high school whose principal died of coronavirus in April last year.
In a statement, the school said it was “completely in awe of the incident last night and condemns it in the strongest possible terms.”
The school said its hall was leased to an outside organization and “we had no idea that the wedding was taking place.”
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Britain’s chief rabbi Ephraim Mirvis also condemned the rule-breaking incident.
“At a time when we are all making such great sacrifices, it is up to us to discharge responsibility to protect life and such illegal behavior is disgusted by the overwhelming majority of the Jewish community,” Tweeted Friday.
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Pubs, restaurants and entertainment venues in Britain are closed, and people must stay home as part of the restrictions to prevent a new surge in the virus. More than 95,000 COVID-19 deaths have been reported in the UK, the highest toll in Europe.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.