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Mark Meadows threw a 70-person indoor wedding for his daughter, flouting coronavirus restrictions.

Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff, hosted his daughter’s Atlanta wedding indoors in defiance of state and municipal guidelines that at the time limited gatherings to 10 people or less.

The wedding, held at Atlanta’s Biltmore Ballrooms in May, was first reported Thursday by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It took place early in the coronavirus pandemic, as Americans were canceling or postponing their own weddings and other long-planned gatherings to comply with public health restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the virus.

Photographs from the May 31 event, posted online, show no masks or distancing among the crowd of several dozen tuxedo-clad attendees.

In one image, Mr. Meadows can be seen delivering a father-of-the-bride speech before a band with at least eight members. Another shows a 21-member wedding party posing with the newly married couple. Mr. Meadows and his wife, Debbie, are shown during the recessional walking together

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Covid-19: Trump aide threw big wedding amid restrictions

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Mark Meadows is yet to comment on the reports

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows threw a large wedding for his daughter in May, amid a ban on gatherings of more than 10 people, US media report.

The wedding took place in Atlanta, Georgia, on 31 May and some 70 guests attended, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution first reported.

Photos of the event show a large number of people socialising in close proximity, with nobody wearing masks.

The president of the event manager said it had complied with guidelines.

Myrna Antar, of Novare Events, said the company had met Georgia Governor Brian Kemp’s order that allowed 10 people per 300 sq ft (28 sq m).

“And while we do not comment on client’s events, we can confirm that the entire 16,000 sq ft of the space was reserved for this small wedding – greatly exceeding the per person square

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