Officers were called to Club Caligula on 20th Avenue in Astoria shortly after 12 a.m. Sunday. At least 80 people were inside the club when police showed up. Police found people drinking and eating at a buffet.
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Gatherings in yellow zones, which include Astoria are capped at 25 people.
11/22/20 @ 0005 HRS: Deputy Sheriffs shut down illegal bottle/swingers club @ 40-19 20th Avenue, Queens (Yellow Zone): 80+ people, violation of emergency orders, no liquor license, warehousing liquor, 2 organizers, 1 patron charged with multiple misdemeanors. pic.twitter.com/2eTp9oM6V1— NYC SHERIFF (@NYCSHERIFF) November 22, 2020
Two organizers and a patron now face misdemeanor charges.
Another illegal party was broken up in Midtown, Manhattan early Sunday morning. Police say more than 120 people were inside the party space on West 36th Street. In addition to crowd concerns, police say the organizers served alcohol without a liquor license. Investigators charged the five people who organized the party.
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