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Meadows hosted wedding despite guidelines banning gatherings of more than 10 people: report

White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsTrump says COVID-19 diagnosis a ‘blessing in disguise’ Trump works from Oval Office six days after COVID-19 diagnosis Trump gambles with new stimulus strategy MORE reportedly hosted an indoor wedding for his daughter in May in Atlanta despite city and state health protocols that prohibited gatherings of more than 10 people to stem the spread of coronavirus.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution obtained photographs of the lavish affair, which took place on May 31 at the Biltmore Ballrooms. Approximately 70 guests wearing tuxedos and gowns were reportedly in attendance, including Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanHillicon Valley: Congressional antitrust report rips tech firms | Facebook tightens ban on QAnon content | Social media groups urged to weed out disinformation targeting minority voters Congressional antitrust report rips tech firms for stifling competition Jim Jordan tests negative for COVID-19 MORE (R-Ohio).

However, no pictures appeared to show attendees wearing masks, according to the newspaper.

The Hill has reached out to the White House and Jordan’s office for comment.

At the time of the event, Georgia Gov. Brian KempBrian KempVoting rights groups work to combat minority suppression in battleground states Political reporter: Suburbs vital to winning Georgia in November Obama endorses Warnock in crowded Georgia Senate race MORE’s (R) emergency orders, signed on May 12, banned gatherings of more than 10 people so long as they were not “transitory or incidental,” or spread out across different locations.

On June 1, the day after the wedding, another order went into effect that raised the number of people allowed at gatherings from 10 to 25.

The Hill has reached out to Novare Events, which hosts special events at the Biltmore Ballrooms and other venues. The company refused to comment on the Meadows wedding when reached by the Journal-Constitution.

Photos obtained by the paper showed groups of people closely together in the same room before dancing to a live wedding band. Guests were reported served a three-course seated dinner.

A website containing the wedding’s detail reportedly showed the bridal party consisting of 11 bridesmaids and eight groomsmen.

State officials told the paper that law enforcement could have written citations to the venue for hosting an event of that size. 

The Journal-Constitution noted that Kemp has defied his own coronavirus rules by hosting a campaign rally in September with hundreds of unmasked attendees when his own mandates at the time banned gatherings over 50 people.

At the time of the wedding, President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from the vice presidential debate Harris accuses Trump of promoting voter suppression Pence targets Biden over ISIS hostages, brings family of executed aid worker to debate MORE was responding to massive protests against police brutality and racial injustice following the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. On June 1, Trump sparked widespread backlash for staging a photo opportunity outside the St. John’s Church after having demonstrators removed from Lafayette Park.

Politico noted at the time that Meadows, a former congressman from North Carolina, “spent the weekend with family outside of Washington.” 

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