Rita Ora Apologizes for Hosting ‘Small Gathering’ for Birthday Amid UK Lockdown

Rita Ora has issued an apology for holding a gathering for her 30th birthday amid lockdowns in the UK.

“Hello all, I attended a small gathering with some friends to celebrate my 30th birthday. It was a spur of the moment decision made with the misguided view that we were coming out of lockdown and this would be OK,” Rita posted on her Instagram Story on Monday (November 30).

“I’m deeply sorry for breaking the rules and in turn understand that this puts people at risk. This was a serious and inexcusable error of judgment. Given the restrictions, I realise how irresponsible these actions were and I take full responsibility. I feel particularly embarrassed knowing first hand how hard people have worked to combat this terrible 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.” Read Rita‘s entire statement in the gallery of this post.

The Sun published photos of several celebs in attendance at the affair, held at Casa Cruz restaurant on Saturday (November 28) in London, England. Cara and Poppy Delevingne were photographed, as well as Rita‘s sister Elena and her BFF Vas Morgan.

Right now in England, there is a lockdown preventing anyone from meeting with more than one member of their household. Police are issuing fines, and the lockdown is over tomorrow.

Police said in a statement, “Police were called at 21:10 on Saturday, 28 November, to reports of a potential breach of Covid regulations at a commercial premises in Clarendon Road, W11. Officers attended and carried out enquiries at the scene but found no indication of any offence being committed at the time. Officers continue to assess the allegations and are liaising with the local authority regarding a potential breach of regulations at the premises. Enquiries continue.”

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