Shortly after 9pm on Thursday evening the Metropolitan Police broke up a wedding which had as many as 400 people attend.
Police were called to Yesoday Hatorah Girls Senior School in Stamford Hill, north London and found the windows had been covered and people left as soon as the police arrived.
The organiser of the wedding is now facing a £10,000 fine for breaching coronavirus rules for hosting a 400 string wedding as there “was clear evidence of a wedding having taken place.”
Detective chief superintendent for the Met, Marcus Barnett said, “This was a completely unacceptable breach of the law, which is very clearly in place to save lives and protect the NHS.
“An NHS that is under considerable pressure at a time when Covid 19 has killed nearly 100,000 people. ‘This is a deadly and very dangerous disease. We can all see that and we must act responsibly.
“People across the country are making sacrifices by cancelling or postponing weddings and other celebrations and there is no excuse for this type of behaviour.
“My officers are working tirelessly with the community and we will not hesitate to take enforcement action if that is required to keep people safe.”
A spokesperson for the Orthox Jewish school said, “We are absolutely horrified about last night’s event and condemn it in the strongest possible terms.
“We lease our hall to an external organisation which manages all lettings and, as such, we had no knowledge that the wedding was taking place.
“We have terminated the agreement with immediate effect.
“We are investigating how this shocking breach has happened and have no plans to re-lease the premises to any third party. We deplore the actions of anyone in any community breaking the law and risking people’s lives in this.”