King Street club to face charges over indoor pandemic party

Police say Goldie nightclub held a party for 150 people without physical distancing measures last Friday

Toronto police say a King Street West nightclub hosted an indoor party for 125-150 people last Friday, without any physical distancing measures in place. The owner and manager of Goldie will be charged with failure to comply with an order made during a declared emergency.

The province of Ontario has been under a state of emergency due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic since March 17, which has been extended until July 15.

According to police, the nightclub violated state of emergency orders by housing 125-150 people inside. The club does not have outdoor patio space, outdoor seating, and no permit for service outdoors, police said in a release.

Social gatherings are currently limited to 10 people or less in an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19. Toronto is in Stage 2 of the province’s reopening plan, but local bars and restaurants are not permitted to offer dine-in experiences. The province has allowed establishments to apply for special permits to expand outdoor seating areas.