Rita Ora says sorry for lockdown-breaching birthday party amid pandemic

Lawrence Kim
December 1, 2020

Singer Rita Ora apologised for putting "people at risk" by breaking lockdown restrictions to throw a 30th birthday party. It was a spur of the moment decision I made with the misguided view that we were coming out of lockdown and it would be OK. I am very sorry for breaking the rules and I understand that this endangers people.

Photographs published by the newspaper show Ora arriving at the restaurant with several others including model and actress Cara Delevingne.

Under England's lockdown rules, pubs and restaurants must close except for takeout and delivery, and people are barred from meeting indoors with members of other households. Officers attended and carried out enquiries at the scene but found no indication of any offence being committed at the time.

She isn't the only famous face to have flouted lockdown rules over the weekend - actor Laurence Fox boasted that he had welcomed a large group over for lunch and hugged them in a defiant tweet.

She went on, explaining that she takes full responsibility for her lapse in judgement.

Touching on the fact that her psychiatrist mother had returned to work as a doctor on the frontline amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Rita continued, "I feel particularly embarrassed knowing first-hand how hard people have worked to combat this awful illness and being fully aware of the sacrifices that people and businesses have made to help keep us all safe. Even though this won't make it right, I want to sincerely apologise".

Now, the star took to her social media to express regret over the "spur of the moment" party.

In a message she wrote: "Me and cake and some pants I couldn't breathe in. Thank you for all the love it felt weird not doing anything for my bday so being me I dressed up and ate cake".

Ora's mother, psychiatrist Vera Sahatciu, returned to work at the NHS this year to help during the coronavirus pandemic.

Asked about the event, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's spokesman, Jamie Davies, said it was "important that everybody in society sets an example by following the rules".

Ora is thought to have been fined £10,000 (roughly $13,300) for breaching lockdown rules, which have been in place since November 5 and are due to finish on December 2.

Lockdown restrictions in England do not lift until Wednesday but the country will return to a tier system dependent on the area.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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