- An illegal boat party in New York City ended with the arrests of the ship’s captain and owners Saturday evening, the New York Daily News reported.
- Over 100 passengers were on board the Liberty Belle for a “1920-themed party,” the report said.
- The boat, which has four decks and a maximum capacity of 600 guests, was operating an “unlicensed bar” and violated “social distancing provisions,” according to police.
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Owners and the captain of an illegal New York City party boat were arrested for violating “social distancing provisions” and operating an “unlicensed bar,” New York City Sheriff said early Sunday.
8/1/2020: Deputy Sheriffs intercept the Liberty Belle at Pier 36 & arrest owners and captain for illegal party: violation of social distancing provisions of the Mayor's and Governor's Emergency Orders, Alcohol Beverage Control Law: unlicensed bar & bottle club & Navigation Law. pic.twitter.com/zXZheHdH9O
— NYC SHERIFF (@NYCSHERIFF) August 2, 2020
The party boat identified as “The Liberty Belle,” is a popular venue that has four decks and a maximum capacity of 600 guests, according to Empire Cruises which operates the boat.
The New York Daily News reported that the boat returned to a pier in Manhattan Saturday evening after leaving earlier that evening with over 100 passengers on board for a “1920-themed party.” Earlier that day, a photo of the boat was shared on social media.
So a packed Liberty Belle party boat just departed from Pier 36 on the LES waterfront with no apparent social distancing or mask requirement. Who has jurisdiction over these floating nightclubs? @galeabrewer @CM_MargaretChin @yuhline @BrianKavanaghNY @NYPD7Pct pic.twitter.com/DVWXB3XrDz
— twobridgestower (@twobridgestower) August 2, 2020
Mayor Bill de Blasio has ordered New York City to cancel programming “at indoor venues with consistent seating capacity over 500” and requires establishments with a capacity of 500 ppl or less to operate “below 50% of their legal capacity to ensure maximum social distancing.”
Empire Cruises stated on their official website that they have not operated until further notice since March. The company did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
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