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White House Chief of Staff Flouted Covid Rules for Atlanta Wedding

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows does a television interview at the White House on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

ATLANTA (CN) — White House chief of staff Mark Meadows reportedly hosted a large wedding for his daughter in May in Atlanta that appeared to violate city and state coronavirus restrictions prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people.

Approximately 70 guests, including Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan, attended the May 31 indoor wedding at Biltmore Ballrooms in Atlanta, according to a report published by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday.

Photos reviewed by the newspaper reportedly show that attendees hugged and danced to a live band before sitting down for a three-course dinner. Guests did not wear masks even though the wedding took place at the height of the pandemic.

The White House did not respond to an emailed request for comment Thursday afternoon.

At the time of the wedding, Georgia was

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Just days earlier, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms had instituted the curfew to maintain order, and emergency alerts pinged cellphones across the city warning residents to “please stay home.”

That wasn’t an option for Michael Ward. He and his brother Ted worked as caterers for the upscale event, which attracted more than 70 guests who gathered — not wearing masks or practicing social distancing — at the upscale venue. Both said attendees left well after 9 p.m.

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows held a wedding for his daughter on May 31 at the Biltmore Ballrooms in Atlanta. About 70 guests attended the wedding, even though the event occurred while a statewide order was in place limiting gatherings to no more than 10 people to stem the spread of the lethal coronavirus. The celebration also lasted beyond a 9 p.m. curfew that the city of Atlanta had put

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Mark Meadows held 70-person wedding in May despite Atlanta limiting gatherings to 10

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows violated the law and put dozens of people at risk at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

On May 31, Meadows held an indoor, maskless wedding for his daughter in Atlanta featuring about 70 guests, photos of the wedding reveal. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s (R) statewide order limited gatherings to 10 people at the time, as 47,000 people had tested positive for COVID-19 and more than 2,000 people had died of it.

Photos of the wedding show a “lush scene [that] could have come from any wedding magazine — were it not taking place at the height of a global pandemic,” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes. Guests, including Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), gathered close together and didn’t wear masks inside the ballroom as they danced to a live band. Meadows didn’t respond to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s requests for comment,

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Pictures of the wedding reviewed by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution show groups of people clustered closely together in the same room throughout the evening. Under that emergency order, law enforcement could have potentially written citations to the venue for exceeding the gathering size, state officials said.

The next statewide order, which took effect the day after the wedding on June 1, specified for the first time that event venues and banquet facilities must follow the same safety guidelines as restaurants.

It also raised the number of people allowed at gatherings from 10 to 25 — still a fraction of the number of guests at the Meadows wedding.

The limits now in place, which ban gatherings of more than 50 people, have largely been ignored by state government officials.

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence recently addressed large indoor crowds of closely packed supporters — many who were not wearing

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