British pop star, Rita Ora, breached lockdown laws by hosting a lavish 30th birthday party. Thesun.co.uk reports that about thirty people attended the secret shindig at a restaurant in West London on Saturday.
Some of her showbiz friends were among those gathered at posh Casa Cruz restaurant in Notting Hill, West London.
Rita partied with guests including models Cara and Poppy Delevingne.
Her sister Elena, 32; Towie pal Vas Morgan, 31; and others were seen sneaking through the back exit clutching bottles of alcohol including Rita’s own-brand tequila.
A source said; “Rita and her sister came to the restaurant first, all dolled up and clearly looking forward to a good night. There were a number of guests, all dressed up very glamorously, and everyone entered the building through the back, with security watching the front to make sure no one else went in. It went on until the early hours.”
Rita was seen in high heels, a white satin dress and a coat as she was escorted by security out of the venue. She wore a mask and clutched black shopping bags as she got into a silver Land Rover.
At one stage, police visited the restaurant and officers were seen peering through the windows and trying to open a heavy-duty security door.
Last night, Nicholas Fallows, who is listed as the sole director of Casa Cruz London Ltd, insisted it was the first he had heard about it. He said the restaurant was “owned by shareholders”.
Meanwhile, Rita and the restaurant owners were slammed over the party.
Roxy Kusznir, 28, had to postpone her June wedding to Ollie Dixon, 31, owing to Covid restrictions.
Kusznir who is a hospital worker at Leatherhead in Surrey said: “Like many others, we sacrificed our big day to follow the rules so it’s really frustrating to hear that some haven’t. Perhaps they think the rules don’t apply to them because they are rich or famous.”
Project manager John Matthews, of Reading, Berks, had to cancel his 40th birthday party in a pub in June.
He said; “I’m not sure why Rita Ora doesn’t have to live by the same laws that the rest of us do.”
A 38-year-old mum who lives near Rita’s birthday venue said: “I have no idea how anyone could be selfish enough to do something like this. It is disgraceful having a party with so many people during a pandemic.”
The Government imposed a national lockdown from November 5 until December 2 in a bid to prevent social gatherings and mixing of households. The rules state that people must stay at home and avoid meeting others they do not live with. Restaurants should remain closed except for takeaway meals. Breaches can result in hefty fines.
Last night a Government spokesperson stressed: “Everyone must continue to follow the rules, or we risk losing control of this virus again.”