NYC officials break 200-man party at Queens Catering Hall


The New York City Sheriff’s Office busted a party of more than 200 people who were hoisting coronovirus restrictions in a Queens catering hall early Saturday.

Depots crashed the bash at the Queens Lux Banquet Hall on Rockaway Boulevard in Ozone Park at 1:35 am – and said they found some 215 masked revelers dancing, drinking and smoking inside.

“The custodians were not social disturbances, did not wear appropriate face coverings, and were not following the mayoral and gubernatorial COVID-19 emergency executive orders,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

Sources said that a hookah party was being hosted at the venue – which meant 45 guests were capped.

Officials said that in addition to violating COVID-19 regulations of Mayor Bill de Blasio and the government’s Andrew Covo, the catering hall was also running without a liquor license.

The owner, 47-year-old Johnny Albuza and an employee, Miguel Hernández, 49, were slapped with five summons each for breach of emergency orders, unlicensed sales of alcohol and unlicensed warehousing of alcohol.

Two other employees, Juan Carlos Barona Uribe and Luis David Mera Acosta, both 27, were each issued summonses for violation of emergency orders.

Coronavirus guidelines in New York currently allow indoor arts and entertainment venues to operate at 25 percent capacity – when all patrons are required to cover the face, except for eating or drinking.

According to its website, Queens Lux has two ballrooms, one with a maximum capacity of 160 people and the other can hold 250 guests.

The venue’s request for comment was not immediately returned on Saturday night.

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