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Sweet 16 ‘Superspreader’ Party Infects Dozens With COVID And Forces 270 Back Into Quarantine

by Amy P
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Twenty-eight teenagers and nine adults from Long Island were recently diagnosed with COVID-19. Another 270 people have been forced back into quarantine.

And all of these cases have been traced back to one event.

On September 25, 2020, 81 guests attended an indoors Sweet 16 party held at an event venue called the Miller Place Inn on Long Island.

The party was illegal as it violated several health codes that had been put in place during the pandemic.

For example, gatherings were limited to 50 people or 50% of room capacity — whichever number is smaller — yet more than 80 people attended the Sweet 16.

In addition, it’s been reported that these party guests did not wear protective face masks, nor did they maintain social distancing while eating and dancing inside the venue.

Steven Bellone, the county executive of Suffolk County, has called the Sweet 16 a “super-spreader” event unlike anything he has seen since the start of the pandemic.

The venue has been fined $10,000 by the state and $2,000 by the county.

So how was this party even possible?!

The manager of the venue reportedly told NBC New York that he “didn’t realize” the party in question was in violation of any health codes.

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