- The NYC Sheriff shut down a packed Halloween party in Brooklyn on Saturday that boasted nearly 400 guests inside a warehouse.
- Over 387 people violated emergency orders in place in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and 9 organisers were charged with multiple misdemeanours, the NYC Sheriff tweeted.
- The CDC warns against “traditional” Halloween activities including attending crowded parties indoors or parking in traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating.
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The NYC Sheriff’s Office shut down a crowded party in Brooklyn on early Saturday, the day of Halloween.
Over 387 people violated coronavirus-related emergency orders in attending the “illegal bar/party,” and nine organisers were charged with multiple misdemeanours, the sheriff’s office tweeted.
Photos of the party posted by the sheriff’s office showed dozens of guests packed tightly together in the warehouse, some of whom were not wearing masks.
Deputy sheriffs also said they found three walk-up bars and a DJ inside, according to NBC New York.
A spokesperson for the NYC Department of Finance, which houses the sheriff’s office, did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
The party came amid rising coronavirus cases in New York, while city officials have pleaded with residents to abide by social distancing guidelines and warned of impending restrictions on schools, restaurants, and bars, should the infection rate continue to rise.
10/31/20 @ 0100HRS: Deputy Sheriffs shut down illegal bar/party inside warehouse at 23 Meadow Street, Brooklyn: 387+ people violation of emergency orders, 9 organizers charged with multiple misdemeanors, Administrative Code, Health Code & Alcoholic Beverage Control Law offenses. pic.twitter.com/qKxvqRtpWt
— NYC SHERIFF (@NYCSHERIFF) October 31, 2020
According to the CDC, many “traditional” Halloween activities are deemed high risk during the coronavirus pandemic, including attending crowded parties indoors or participating in traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating.
The CDC lists lower-risk activities, such as carving pumpkins outside or hosting a virtual Halloween costume contest, as “safe alternatives.”
On Friday, the US hit a record number of new daily coronavirus cases of over 97,000, according to the COVID Tracking Project.
The country has recorded over 9 million coronavirus cases in total, according to Johns Hopkins University. Experts have warned people are taking more health and safety risks as they experience fatigue from months of losing normality in their lives in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
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