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United Kingdom police break up Covid rule-breaching wedding with 150 guests

Yesodey Hatorah Secondary Girls School where the lockdown-flouting event took place is seen on Friday Yesodey Hatorah Secondary Girls School where the lockdown-flouting event took place is seen on Friday
Deanna Wagner | 24 January, 2021, 13:41

Amidst lockdown in the United Kingdom, police have broken up a wedding with some 400 guests at a school in London as the government wants to crack down on violators.

The wedding-goers had covered the windows of the building to prevent people from seeing inside, police added.

Many guests fled when police arrived, but five were handed £100 fixed-penalty notices for breaching Covid regulations and the organiser will be reported for consideration for a £10,000 fine, the Met said.The Yesodey Hatorah school is a faith school serving Stamford Hill's Haredi Jewish community, which is said to be the largest in Europe.

Stamford Hill is a part of the borough of Hackney, which has a Covid-19 contamination charge of 625.forty-three instances according to 100,000 humans.

"This is a deadly and very unsafe disease".

Britain's Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis tweeted that the illegal event was "a shameful desecration of all that we hold dear" and that such behaviour is "abhorred by the overwhelming majority of the Jewish community".

"People across the country are making sacrifices by cancelling or postponing weddings and other celebrations and there is no excuse for this type of behaviour".

"We deplore the actions of anyone in any community breaking the law and risking people's lives in this way".

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It goes on to say: "We lease our hall to an external organisation which manages all lettings and, as such, we had no knowledge that the wedding was taking place".

The school's principal, Rabbi Avrohom Pinter, died in April after contracting the coronavirus.

"We are absolutely horrified about last night's event and condemn it in the strongest possible terms", the school said in a statement. According to him, the school was not aware of the wedding being held on its premises, rented through a third party organization whose contract it terminated.

"We support the police in taking such rapid and firm action".

"Whilst we appreciate the central role that weddings play in the life of all our communities the current regulations are there to protect everyone".

On Thursday, British interior minister Priti Patel warned those who broke lockdown restrictions faced punishment by police and announced a new $1092 (800-pound) fine for those who attended house parties.

If people are found hosting large parties, they can be fined up to £10,000.