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White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows ignored virus rules at wedding, report says

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows returned to the West Wing following an interview with FOX News outside the White House on Wednesday in Washington, DC.
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows returned to the West Wing following an interview with FOX News outside the White House on Wednesday in Washington, DC.Chip Somodevilla/Getty

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows hosted a large wedding for his daughter that appeared to violate a Georgia order and city of Atlanta guidelines aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19, an Atlanta newspaper reported Thursday.

Photos of the event show that social distancing guidelines were not followed during the May 31 nuptials at the Biltmore Ballrooms Atlanta, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

About 70 guests, including U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, wore tuxedos and ball gowns but no masks at the indoor wedding, and photographs show groups of people clustered closely together in the same room throughout the evening, the newspaper said. Georgia had loosened some coronavirus restrictions by the end of May, but Gov. Brian Kemp’s orders at the time banned gatherings of more than 10 people.

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Meadows did not respond to the newspaper’s requests for comment.