NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The New York City Sheriff’s Office says it busted an illegal bottle club with more than 75 people inside on Thanksgiving Eve in Queens.
Authorities said the partygoers were not wearing masks or social distancing.READ MORE: Rutgers University's COVID Vaccine Mandate Will Stay In Place, Federal Judge Rules
The sheriff’s office says it was investigating a “suspected mass gathering” when authorities discovered an unconscious man outside Koko Rico on Junction Boulevard in Corona.
11/26/20 @ 0115 HRS: Deputy Sheriffs shut down illegal bottle club @ 40-15 Junction Blvd, Queens (Yellow Zone) access via rear alley: 76+ people, violation of emergency orders, barricaded egress, no liquor license, unconscious patron outside, 5 organizers charged with offenses. pic.twitter.com/qIJPwLkggQ
— NYC SHERIFF (@NYCSHERIFF) November 27, 2020
Around 1:15 a.m. Thursday, officers went inside and found more than 76 people dancing, drinking and smoking hookah.READ MORE: Caught On Video: Community Refrigerator Stolen Off Midwood Street In Broad Daylight
Authorities said the location did not have a liquor license and an exit door had been barricaded.
Five organizers were issued a slew of violations, including a $15,000 fine.MORE NEWS: Disney's 'Aladdin' Reopens On Broadway
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