The Colonial Hotel, which reportedly held a couple of weddings last weekend, including one with 300 people, staff included, has had additional fines tacked on by the state.
The Boston Business Journal reports that the state department of Labor of Standards imposed four $300 fines for each event, in addition to the $600 in fines the city of Gardner had issued on Thursday. The fines now amount to $3,000.
The Journal had reported that last Saturday, the venue hosted a wedding including 240 guests with 70 staff members. On Sunday, a wedding reception included 190 guests.
In a statement emailed to Boston.com, hotel officials said the venue has “endeavored to comply” with COVID-19 regulations.
“We take the health and safety of our guests and staff very seriously, and will continue to work diligently to ensure that we are operating in compliance with all rules and regulations,” the statement said. “We look forward to working with local and state officials to address some misconceptions about our recent operations and clear up some inaccuracies that have been reported. We appreciate your respect for our privacy while we try to get through this extremely confusing and difficult time.”
During a press conference Friday, Gov. Charlie Baker mentioned the larger wedding, and alluded to the fines, before announcing that he would be limiting outside gatherings to 50 people instead of the 100 originally imposed for phase 3 of the reopening. He also said the second portion of phase 3 was postponed due to an uptick in COVID-19 cases recently.
He referenced some recent parties, including ones in Falmouth and Chatham, that have resulted in clusters of COVID-19 cases.
“There have also been reports about illegal sports camps and private boat charters where clusters of new cases have quickly developed, and just yesterday it was reported that a 300-person wedding was held in Gardner that is now being investigated and will likely result in fines,” he said.