Berlin police are reported to be investigating a breach of social distancing rules at a party reportedly held by luxury fashion brand Bottega Veneta at Soho House.
Leaked footage, which was said to be taken inside the party at the members club, showed guests dancing without masks and failing to social distance. It was shared on Instagram, but has since been deleted.
The Italian label, which has recently deleted its social media accounts, held a presentation to showcase its latest collection at the city’s Berghain nightclub last Friday, with A-list guests including Burna Boy, Skepta, Slowthai, DJ Honey Dijon, Roberto Bolle and Stefano Pilati attending.
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On the evening of the presentation, Burna Boy posted a video of him dancing behind turntables at Soho House’s Berlin branch, which Bottega Veneta is said to have booked for two weeks prior to the show, granting its guests exclusive access.
Another user also shared a video inside the party, with the caption, ‘How’s everyone in Berlin enjoying not being allowed to see one person after 9PM?’
A spokesperson for Berlin’s police force told The Guardian it had received an emergency call at 2.45am on Saturday morning with a complaint about the noise, which was coming from inside the infamous venue.
They told the newspaper, ‘We are currently viewing footage of the event with view to possible preliminary proceedings for a breach of measures against the coronavirus.’
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There’s currently a curfew in Germany, which bans more than two people gathering between 9pm and 5am, while the country has been in lockdown since December.
A spokesperson for the Soho House group said, ‘The safety of our staff, guests and wider community is our utmost priority. The recent business booking which occupied all rooms at the House was made in accordance with government guidelines.
‘We’re aware of a possible break of social distancing rules when guests returned to the hotel, we take this very seriously and we’re working with everyone involved to find out what happened.’
However one employee suggested the party wasn’t as spontaneous as the venue suggests, and says, ‘They had already a huge sound system installed before the party, and rumours were going around the house that Skepta was going to perform.’
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