Officers in London – who will face Level 2 restrictions from midnight on Friday – were called to the Tudor Rose Hall in Southall, west London, shortly after 6.30 p.m. on Tuesday.
In a statement, police said: ‘The owner of an event venue in west London has been flagged for review on a £ 10,000 fixed penalty notice, after clearing a wedding reception which attracted over 100 people. “
Groups of no more than 15 people are allowed to attend wedding receptions in England, according to the government website.
This comes as an attempt to lift the restriction was rejected by a High Court judge on Thursday.
Cripps Barn Group Ltd, a wedding operator which operates a number of venues across England, has sought an injunction to prevent the number limit from being enforced.
His lawyers argued that the rules were “illegal” and would cause the firm and others like them “serious and irreparable harm” if they continued to be enforced.
But a judge rejected their demands, saying the public interest in keeping the measures in place “outweighs” the harm that will be suffered by the scene.
The request was made ahead of a wider legal challenge, launched earlier this month by Cripps, with businessman Simon Dolan – who the Sunday Times Rich List says is worth £ 200million – over the legality government measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19[feminine[feminine.
This is the second High Court challenge Mr Dolan has brought against the foreclosure rules, the first having been dismissed in July, which he will challenge later this month.
Police in London on Thursday pledged to take “tough action” against licensed establishments putting customers at risk by violating the new measures that come into effect this weekend.
The alert level in the capital will drop from ‘medium’ to ‘high’ from midnight on Friday – meaning Londoners will no longer be allowed to meet people from other households inside – whether at at home or in other places such as pubs. They should also avoid public transport if possible within the rules.
In a tweet, the Metropolitan Police warned people about the new rules and pledged to step up efforts to crack down on the “most willful, harmful and egregious” violations of coronavirus restrictions.
They said patrols would be increased, including near pubs and bars at night, where violations were “more frequently recorded”.
COVID-19 force leader Deputy Assistant Commissioner Matt Twist said it was a “critical moment in London’s fight against this deadly virus”.
He added: “I know the vast majority of Londoners will make the right decisions to keep themselves and their families safe.
“Frustratingly, we have seen a small number of dangerous and reckless regulatory violations and as the alert level in London increases we are taking our policing approach. ”
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“We will not hesitate to take action against individuals or businesses that put people at risk,” Twist continued and added that he called on those in the city to “work with us”.
He continued: “By being each responsible, we can help minimize the transmission of the virus and protect London’s most vulnerable communities from harm. ”
In Liverpool, crowds of people were filmed dancing in the streets and not observing social distancing the night before the tougher restrictions were put in place, with the footage later being labeled a “slap in the face.”