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Massachusetts hotel fined after two large events with hundreds of people amid pandemic

Massachusetts hotel fined after two large events with hundreds of people amid pandemic
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as night falls in the Colonial Hotel utility crews working after the tropical storm spending the evening over the weekend. It was a party Sunday when we were driving by. We just saw that the packing latte was packed and caught our attention because it's been empty all this time during Koven 152 100 cars. I mean, it was a A wedding Saturday night with 240 people. In another event Sunday, with nearly 200 the owners allegedly throwing the party for a family member and asking 70 staff members to help cater it, one of those staff members whistle blowing to the city. The Health Department says it had already formally warned the owners not to host large events for the state's Cove in 19 guidelines, but they say Colonial Hotel disobeyed. I think policies were in place for a reason and should be followed. The city is finding the hotel $300 for the wedding and another 300 for the event the next day. There haven't been any formal complaints about the use of the bar or dance floor, but the city says it's investigating that I personally don't care because I I don't really agree with the whole mass thing, but other people, to each his own. I guess now the state Department of Labor is also investigating this. We reached out several times throughout the course of the day for the other side of the story here from the owners of the hotel, but they never got back to us.
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Massachusetts hotel fined after two large events with hundreds of people amid pandemic
A Massachusetts hotel is accused of holding back-to-back large events, which included a wedding with well over the state's 100-person outdoor gathering coronavirus guideline limit.The Telegram reported the Colonial Hotel in Gardner violated state COVID-19 regulations by holding a wedding with more than 300 people on Saturday and an event with 190 guests on Sunday.The Gardner Board of Health said it has issued a total of $600 in fines to the Colonial Hotel after determining it violated state COVID-19 regulations at each event. The board of health was examining if there were any additional violations or complaints of bar, dance floor and masking regulations during the events.The fines come after the board of health said it received several complaints about the size of the wedding prior to it taking place over the weekend. The health department said it first provided the owner of the hotel with a verbal warning and advised her of the current guidelines for outdoor events, then sent a written warning along with a copy of the governor’s COVID-19 guidelines. Video from Thursday afternoon showed two large outdoor tents in the rear of the hotel. The health department said they provided the city with written acknowledgement of the guidelines and assured them that they would adhere to the guidelines to the best of their ability.Sister station WCVB received the following statement from the hotel:"The Colonial Hotel, its owners and operators, with the help and guidance of local administrators and health officials, have endeavored to comply with the evolving rules and regulations that have been enacted to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. We take the health and safety of our guests and staff very seriously, and will continue to work diligently to ensure that we are operating in compliance with all rules and regulations. We look forward to working with local and state officials to address some misconceptions about our recent operations and clear up some inaccuracies that have been reported. We appreciate your respect for our privacy while we try to get through this extremely confusing and difficult time. Thank You!"

A Massachusetts hotel is accused of holding back-to-back large events, which included a wedding with well over the state's 100-person outdoor gathering coronavirus guideline limit.

The Telegram reported the Colonial Hotel in Gardner violated state COVID-19 regulations by holding a wedding with more than 300 people on Saturday and an event with 190 guests on Sunday.

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The Gardner Board of Health said it has issued a total of $600 in fines to the Colonial Hotel after determining it violated state COVID-19 regulations at each event.

The board of health was examining if there were any additional violations or complaints of bar, dance floor and masking regulations during the events.

The fines come after the board of health said it received several complaints about the size of the wedding prior to it taking place over the weekend. The health department said it first provided the owner of the hotel with a verbal warning and advised her of the current guidelines for outdoor events, then sent a written warning along with a copy of the governor’s COVID-19 guidelines.

A photo from Sky 5 shows two large outdoor tents behind the Colonial Hotel in Gardner
WCVB

Video from Thursday afternoon showed two large outdoor tents in the rear of the hotel.

The health department said they provided the city with written acknowledgement of the guidelines and assured them that they would adhere to the guidelines to the best of their ability.

Sister station WCVB received the following statement from the hotel:

"The Colonial Hotel, its owners and operators, with the help and guidance of local administrators and health officials, have endeavored to comply with the evolving rules and regulations that have been enacted to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. We take the health and safety of our guests and staff very seriously, and will continue to work diligently to ensure that we are operating in compliance with all rules and regulations. We look forward to working with local and state officials to address some misconceptions about our recent operations and clear up some inaccuracies that have been reported. We appreciate your respect for our privacy while we try to get through this extremely confusing and difficult time. Thank You!"