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A Long Island country club was fined $17,000 for hosting a wedding where 30 guests contracted Covid-19

October 28, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

At least 90 people attended the wedding earlier this month, county officials said. Thirty of those guests have since tested positive for coronavirus, and 159 of those guests' close contacts have been told to quarantine.

(CNN)Officials in one New York county have fined a Long Island country club $17,000 for hosting a wedding in which a third of guests later tested positive for Covid-19.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced the county would fine North Fork Country Club violating Gov. Andrew Cuomo's executive order that limits nonessential gatherings to 50 attendees.

The country also fined a resident $2,500 for hosting a large house party attended by 200 to 300 people, mostly minors, Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart said.

The event, which occurred last week, hasn't been connected to any Covid-19 cases, but Bellone said the health department will begin a contact tracing investigation if positive cases do turn up.

Bellone urged Suffolk County residents, a few days ahead of Halloween, to be mindful of attending events, even ones that don't technically violate Cuomo's executive order.

Another party hosted in the county on the same day as the wedding didn't violate Cuomo's executive order limiting event attendance, but 26 of the 50 people who attended have since tested positive for Covid-19, Bellone said.

Between the two events, 56 people tested positive for Covid-19 and over 300 people have been told to quarantine as a result, he said.

Nearly 50,000 people in Suffolk County have tested positive for Covid-19 since March, according to the county's coronavirus case dashboard.

Earlier this month, the county fined a Long Island inn for hosting a Sweet 16 birthday party with 81 guests, 29 of whom tested positive for Covid-19.

A total of 270 people connected to the event were told to quarantine, the Suffolk County Health Department reported.

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