Rita Ora Apologises After Hosting 30th Birthday Party At London Restaurant
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Rita Ora has issued an apology for breaking coronavirus regulations as she threw a party for her 30th birthday.
The singer celebrated with 30 pals and has since spoken out to apologise, saying she feels 'embarrassed'.
LADbible understands the 30-year-old has volunteered to pay a fine (of an unknown amount), although no such penalty has yet been imposed.
In her statement, which was shared to her Instagram story, she wrote: "Hello all, I attended a small gathering with some friends to celebrate my 30th birthday. It was a spur of the moment decision made with the misguided view that we were coming out of lockdown and this would be OK...
"I'm deeply sorry for breaking the rules and in turn understand that this puts people at risk. This was a serious and inexcusable error of judgement. Given the restrictions, I realise how irresponsible these actions were and I take full responsibility .
"I feel particularly embarrassed knowing first-hand how hard people have worked to combat this terrible illness and being fully aware of the sacrifices that people and businesses have made to help keep us all safe. Even though this won't make it right, I want to sincerely apologise."
According to The Sun, there were more than 30 people in attendance.
London's Metropolitan Police confirmed officers went to the Casa Cruz restaurant after a report about a potential breach of Covid lockdown regulations.
The current regulations in England (in place until 2 December) mean that you can only meet one other person outside, with pubs and restaurants currently closed.
You also shouldn't be with people from outside your house or support bubble indoors.
The BBC reports that Kensington and Chelsea Council, which is responsible for issuing Covid fines against businesses in the area, says it is still investigating what happened at Casa Cruz.
The nation reading Rita Ora's apology pic.twitter.com/ZJ4qTqN47f
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People on social media haven't taken well to the news - one person wrote: "My father is seriously ill in hospital. I cannot travel to visit him because of lockdown rules. Why on Earth do you think you are above the law?"
Another added: "I hope @RitaOra and friends keep themselves away from the #NHS over the next few weeks, the staff deserve better. They should all be made to isolate for the next 14 days. Lots of us have spent milestone birthdays at home."
A third wrote: "I turned 30 this year during lockdown too Rita, do you know what I did? I spent the day on my own in my apartment, not seeing a soul. Shameful behaviour from you."