LONDON – British singer Rita Ora apologized Monday after attending a party to celebrate her 30th birthday in violation of England’s strict Covid-19 lockdown rules.
The pop star, known for her hits “Hot Right Now” and “Your Song”, said in an Instagram story that she went to “a little get-together with some friends” to celebrate her birthday.
“This was a grave and inexcusable error of assessment,” said Ora. “Given the limitations, I understand how irresponsible these actions were and I take full responsibility.”
England is currently on lockdown to stop the spread of Covid-19 and prohibit people from different households from mixing indoors unless they are part of the same household or support bubble. Pubs and restaurants are also closed except for take-aways.
The lockdown is slated to end on December 2nd, but much of the country will remain tightly restricted as the UK government tries to contain the spread of the virus before the winter holidays.
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“It was a spontaneous decision made with the misguided view that we could get out of lockdown and that it would be okay,” said Ora. “I am very sorry I broke the rules and I understand that doing so puts people at risk.”
British media reported that the party, which was attended by more than 30 people, took place in a high-end restaurant in the fashionable Notting Hill area of west London. NBC News was unable to reach the restaurant for comment.
According to Reuters, the London Metropolitan Police had been called to report violations of the lockdown rules, but had found no criminal offense, Reuters reported.
“The officers continue to evaluate the allegations and are contacting the local authority to determine a possible violation of the rules on the premises,” said a police statement.
A council where the restaurant is located told NBC News that it was aware of Ora’s party reports and that it would conduct an investigation.
The BBC reported that Ora would pay the police an unconfirmed fine.
The UK has been hard hit by the coronavirus, with 58,448 Covid-19 deaths since the pandemic began, the highest death toll in Europe. The virus has also devastated the country’s economy as the UK’s national debt rose to more than £ 2 trillion during the pandemic.