COVID-19 News: Officials Break Queens Marriage With Nearly 300, Live Band

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WOODSIDE, Queens (WABC) – Nearly 300 people celebrated, without being socially distant, at a wedding reception in Queens on Friday night, with the New York City Sheriff’s Department halting the celebration at Elite Palace on 69-02 Garfield Ave. at Woodside around midnight.Authorities received advice on who was attending the wedding and upon arrival observed large groups of people entering the premises through what appeared to be a covered parking lot. They also heard loud music coming from the location. Officials say the wedding had indoor seating, food, and alcohol service in addition to a band playing live music.

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The crowd was safely dispersed from the event.

The manager and owner of the place were taken into police custody and issued appearance tickets for several crimes.

The doors to the Elite Palace remained locked on Saturday, but neighbors say they don’t know how long it will last – they say there have been big parties on the avenue for months.

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