A Brooklyn bar was shut down over the weekend after sheriff’s deputies found nearly 300 people inside, including a child under the age of 10, officials say.
Authorities checked in on karaoke bar Legend KTV in Borough Park on 954 61st Street early Sunday morning around 2am and found 281 people inside, including a child.
Indoor drinking and dining is currently banned in New York City as part of the city’s coronavirus restrictions.
And even if indoor drinking was not banned, the gathering exceeded the bar’s occupancy limit of 245.
Deputies also discovered the bar had an obstructed exit and had its liquor license revoked in 2019.
Karaoke bar Legend KTV in Borough Park, Brooklyn was shut down on Sunday around 2am after deputies found 281 people inside and patrons dancing and drinking without masks or social distancing
Deputies say the bar (right behind the truck) had an obstructed exit, excessed occupancy rules, and, had its liquor license revoked in 2019 and six people were arrested for multiple offenses.
Deputies said they found patrons drinking, dancing and smoking, and were not wearing masks or social distancing.
The young child was dancing ‘where alcoholic beverages were being served,’ the sheriff’s office said to the New York Post.
Six people were arrested for multiple offenses including child endangerment.
Those charges include liquor-law violations, violating Mayor Bill de Blasio’s coronavirus restrictions, using unlicensed security guards and endangering the welfare of a child.
The Sheriff’s office announced the shutdown on Sunday
A view of The Legend KTV karaoke bar above
The Liquor Authority revoked the bar’s license for ‘failing to comply with applicable health, safety and governmental regulations’ and selling booze in parts of the business where it wasn’t licensed to serve alcohol.
Legend KTV is the third karaoke bar closed by New York City’s Sheriff’s Office and the State Liquor Authority in the past two weeks.
On September 1 the sheriff’s office shut down a Queens karaoke bar for similar violations.
Deputies busted the CJ Diamond Café on College Point Boulevard around 11.30pm, leading 100 patrons to sprint for the exits.
On August 31 another Queens bar SOHO KTV & Bar on Farrington Street in Flushing was shut down for serving alcohol and food indoors to about 75 customers. The patrons were forced to leave and two managers were cited for violations.
New York City reports 231,824 cases of COVID-19 and 19,090 confirmed deaths and 4,646 probably deaths as of Monday.
Indoor dining is forbidden in New York City, but places outside the city are allowed to have indoor dining at 50 percent capacity.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said he’s hesitant to reopen indoor dining in the Big Apple because bars have not been complaint with coronavirus regulations.