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Party with 300 people, DJ violated COVID-19 protocols, Riverhead police say

As many as 300 partygoers in Riverhead were sent home earlier this month and the host was issued a summons for violating state anti-coronavirus measures barring large groups, Riverhead police said.

Responding to a complaint about the party at 455 Middle Road around 9:35 p.m. on Oct. 9, police said cars were blocking the road and a DJ was entertaining the crowd.

The host, Julian B. Harris, 29, who lives at that address, was issued a field appearance ticket for violating Public Health Law 12-b (2), Non-Essential Gathering, the police said.

Anyone "who encourages, promotes or organizes a non-essential gathering" can be fined as much as $15,000 per day, according to the state.

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