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SFPD Raids Underground Nightclub Operating During COVID-19 Crisis

San Francisco City Attorney's Office
A screen capture from a time-lapsed video provided by the San Francisco Attorney's Office, showing activity outside of a warehouse in San Francisco's Bayview District.

Public gatherings have been banned for weeks now. But some people have found a way to keep the party going. San Francisco police recently shut down an illegal underground nightclub.

The SFPD staked out a warehouse in San Francisco’s Bayview district for several days before raiding it on Saturday. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, investigators noticed as many as 30 cars parked nearby, and surveillance footage shows more than 100 people entering the building. According to the city attorney, social distancing was definitely not being followed. The nightclub was mostly operating between 2 and 6 a.m.

During the raid, police seized cash and other items—including gambling machines, fog machines, and DJ equipment. And police noted other safety violations in the venue such as no fire alarms or sprinklers.

This action comes as law enforcement has begun cracking down more forcefully on those breaking shelter in place rules. Police Chief Bill Scott said in a statement, that they will continue to "take action against those who knowingly violate the public health order and endanger the health and safety of our public."