Nathan Carter sorry for Covid breach after 50 people attend his party

Country music star Nathan Carter apologises for flouting Covid rules after 50 people were found at lockdown birthday party at his home

  • Nathan Carter, 31, held party at his mansion in Co Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
  • Current rules state no more than 10 people can gather inside private households
  • Police issued a £1,000 fine to the organiser and some 14 fines of £200 to guests 

Country music star Nathan Carter has apologised for breaching coronavirus rules after dozens of people attended his birthday party over the bank holiday weekend.

The Liverpool-born singer, who turned 31 on Friday, said in a statement that police were called to the event held at his mansion in Co Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, on Friday evening.

Officers said at least 50 people were present when they arrived at the Wagon Wheel singer’s home, in Lisbellaw.

Current regulations in Northern Ireland only allow for a maximum of 10 people from no more than two households to gather inside private households. 

This increases to 15 and three households for gatherings held in gardens.

Police issued a £1,000 fine to the organiser of Mr Carter’s event and 14 fines of £200 to attendees. 

A Covid-19 prohibition notice was also issued.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland said further enforcement action was expected.

Nathan Carter, originally from Liverpool, has apologised in a statement online for having a birthday party at his Northern Ireland home which breached coronavirus regulations

In a statement of apology the singer said: ‘I wish to confirm the attendance of the PSNI at my residence on Friday May 28, 2021.

‘My family visiting from Liverpool had organised a barbecue for my birthday.

‘They believed that this gathering was within the current Covid-19 restrictions in the North, however it transpires that it was not.

‘The organiser has already paid the fine that was issued.

‘Given the restrictions, I realise how irresponsible these actions were and I fully apologise.’

A PSNI statement said: ‘Police received a report in relation to a house party and a suspected breach of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021 at an address in Lisbellaw at 10.30pm on Friday night.

‘Officers attended the address where at least 50 people were present. 

‘Enforcement action was taken, including 14 Cov 7 £200 fines and one Cov 9 £1,000 fine. A Cov 2 Prohibition Notice was also issued.

‘Further enforcement action is expected.’  

Mr Carter is best known for his 2012 cover of the American country song Wagon Wheel, which was highly successful, while his fifth album, Where I Wanna Be, topped the charts. 

Carter has recently been filling in for Hugo Duncan on his popular BBC Radio Ulster show.

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