Our response to large wedding party in Stamford Hill
The organiser of a wedding in Stamford Hill is facing a £10,000 fine after police found around 150 people in breach of Covid regulations. Read more about the incident on the Met Police website. Initial figures released by the police stated they believed the wedding party to have been 400. This has now been revised down to around 150 people.
I am deeply disappointed that events of this nature are still happening in Hackney and Stamford Hill, despite the very grave pandemic situation we find ourselves in, and the number of lives that have already been lost in the Charedi community and across the borough. Last night’s event was illegal and we support the police in taking such rapid and firm action. We had already written to venues including Yesodey Hatorah School reminding them of the regulations and are shocked that they are continuing to breach them. Whilst we appreciate the central role that weddings play in the life of all our communities the current regulations are there to protect everyone.
We will be meeting with the Rabbinate and our community partners over the coming days to see how we can get that message across and prevent further incidents of this nature.
Although there has been a welcome reduction in new cases of Covid-19 the number of people getting infected is still very high both across London and in communities throughout Hackney. The pressure on NHS services, especially intensive care remains at very high levels. To save lives and protect the NHS it is vital people continue to Stay at Home, follow the lockdown regulations and take up the Covid-19 vaccination when offered.