Furious residents have hit out at wedding guests who went ahead with a big party at a hotel on Saturday night after the government warned against public gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic.
Police were forced to crash the revelries at The Bank of Fleet Hotel in Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfriesshire, where they found more than 100 people celebrating.
The wedding was broken up by officers but has sparked an angry response on social media against the partygoers and the hotel owners.
Suzanne Thorpe posted on Facebook: "They are not only putting their staff at risk and the wedding party at risk, but they are also putting the whole community, the whole county at risk. Why?
"I'm sure everyone involved did not mean any harm. They just didn't think through the potential risks involved."
It came following an announcement by Boris Johnson's government on Friday advising all but essential businesses to close to prevent the spread of the deadly COVID-19.
A Police Scotland spokesman said: "Police visited a number of licensed premises on Saturday following government guidelines for them to close.
"One of the premises in Gatehouse of Fleet had a wedding ongoing.
"Officers advised of the guidelines and the family took the decision to stop the event and send the guests home."
Chief Medical Officer for Scotland Catherine Calderwood told Daily Record: "It's very difficult to talk to people about not socialising, about not having wedding receptions.
"One person at one of these events may actually have the opportunity to pass the virus to many, many others."
Daily Star Online has approached Bank of Fleet Hotel for comment.
Despite warnings to stay inside, the message appeared to have failed to get through to many Brits who flocked to parks, the beach, and markets, ignoring social distancing advice.
The official guidelines are to stay at least six feet away from anyone and avoid non-essential travel.
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