North Fork Country Club has liquor license suspended after hosting 'super-spreader' wedding

CUTCHOGUE, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced the state has suspended the liquor license of a Long Island country club after the venue hosted a wedding which turned into a COVID-19 super-spreader event.

The North Fork Country Club, in Cutchogue, hosted a 113-guest wedding on Oct. 17, resulting in 34 positive COVID-19 infections, 159 people in quarantine and the closure of some schools.

Currently, gathering limits in New York cap at just 50 people.

“As we have seen in weddings and similar events across the country during this pandemic, large gatherings can easily be super-spreader events, too often with dire consequences. Hosting one of these events after all New York has been through is obnoxious and irresponsible - not to mention illegal,” Cuomo said. “We are eight months into this pandemic and simply will not tolerate businesses that put New Yorkers at risk. Those who continue to ignore the rules will lose their ability to serve alcohol, and I thank Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and his team for their cooperation in holding these bad actors accountable.”

Cuomo described the wedding as a super-spreader event.

Of the 34 people infected by coronavirus at the party, 30 were guests, three were members of the country club’s staff and one was a wedding vendor.

On Nov. 6, the New York State Liquor Authority charged the North Fork Country Club with multiple counts of failure to comply with Cuomo’s executive orders concerning COVID restrictions, and failure to exercise adequate supervision of their premises.

Suffolk County Executive Bellone also announced last month that the county was fining the venue $17,000.

“This type of blatant disregard for the wellbeing of others is not only extremely disappointing, it will not be tolerated,” he said. “Suffolk County took swift action to contain the community spread this wedding could have caused, and I commend Governor Cuomo for taking appropriate action. If you violate the rules, you will be caught and you will be held responsible.”

North Fork Country Club did not return WCBS 880’s request for comment.