The owner of a wedding venue in west London may face a £10,000 fine after police shut down a reception attended by more than 100 people.
Officers from the Metropolitan Police were called to the Tudor Rose in Southall on Tuesday evening and found a large number of people in breach of coronavirus regulations.
Bodyworn footage from the Met showed crowds of guests who were not social distancing or wearing face masks in order to prevent transmission of the virus.
Under current guidance, the number of guests allowed at weddings is limited to 15 people – and venues must adhere to Covid secure guidelines.
The crowds were dispersed by officers to ensure guest numbers complied with the law.
Senior officers reported the owner of the venue for consideration of a £10,000 fixed penalty notice for the clear breach of regulations.
Area Commander, Chief Superintendent Peter Gardner, said: “This was a dangerous and foolish breach of the regulations, which have been designed specifically to keep people safe from transmitting a deadly virus.
“Restrictions on large gatherings, such as weddings, have been in place for months and quite frankly there can be no excuse for this flagrant and arrogant violation of the law.
“There was clearly no attempt by the venue owner to enforce the regulations or keep their patrons safe – it is for this reason we have reported them for a £10,000 fine.”
It comes as London braces itself for tighter restrictions, after announcements that alert levels in the capital are to increase from “medium” to “high” from midnight on Friday.
“Everyone has a responsibility to keep themselves, and their families, safe from coronavirus,” said Mr Gardner.
“As cases of coronavirus rise across London, officers throughout the Met will be redoubling our efforts to clamp down on those individuals and businesses who breach the regulations and put themselves, and others at risk.”
The Metropolitan Police said in a statement: “The owner of an event venue in west London has been reported for consideration of a £10,000 fixed penalty notice, after they allowed a wedding reception to go ahead that attracted more than 100 people.
“Officers from the Met Police were called to the Tudor Rose in Southall shortly after 6.30pm on Tuesday, 13 October.
“After arriving on scene, it was clear to officers that a high number of people had crowded into the venue to celebrate a wedding. This was in clear breach of the regulations, which have been put in place by the Government to protect people from coronavirus.
“As officers walked through the venue, they saw no clear evidence that guests were maintaining social distancing, nor were guests taking any reasonable steps to protect others and prevent transmitting the virus.”
This week, we reported on other venues which were also given £10,000 fines after breaching coronavirus restrictions.
A shisha bar in Birmingham was fined £10,000 for breaching coronavirus restrictions after police found about 300 people inside.
Another £10,000 fine was given to a venue in Walsall after an illegal rave was broken up in September.
Last weekend, three students were also fined £10,000 each for holding a house party attended by up to 100 people.