Owners of a New York City party boat were arrested after taking 172 guests out on a cruise — without a liquor license and serving alcohol indoors — in violation of emergency coronavirus regulations, officials said Monday.
The New York Sheriff's Office got a tip from the office of Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer about the Liberty Belle's cruise out of Pier 36 in Manhattan on Saturday night. Deputies greeted the vessel as it pulled in at about 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, officials said.
The operators do not have an alcohol license and guests told deputies they were served cocktails on board, New York City Sheriff Joseph Fucito told NBC News.
"What we confirmed is that individuals were drinking on the boat, people were drinking indoors on the vessel," Fucito said.
Indoor door dining is currently barred in New York City, under emergency health codes brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
The ship's owners and the event's promoters, Ronny Vargas and Alex Sauzo, were both arrested and each charged for allegedly violating state liquor codes and the city's health order. They were released at about 3 a.m. on Sunday, according to Fucito.sonos sonos One (Gen 2) - Voice Controlled Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa Built-in - Black read more
"Operating a booze cruise in the middle of a pandemic is irresponsible and in complete disregard with COVID safety measures,"
. "Reckless socializing isn’t worth putting people's lives at risk, and now is not the time to let our guard down."
Operating a booze cruise in the middle of a pandemic is irresponsible and in complete disregard with COVID safety measures. Reckless socializing isn’t worth putting people's lives at risk, and now is not the time to let our guard down. https://t.co/PkJiCQa273— Gale A. Brewer (@galeabrewer) August 3, 2020
Sauzo, of Floral Park, could not be reached for comment.
Vargas, a 35-year-old resident of Garden City, declined comment on advice from his lawyer.
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