PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Police shut down a Providence club for what authorities described as a “blatant disregard” for coronavirus rules, like social distancing and capacity limits.

Police served the Revel Lounge and Bistro with a cease and desist order early Sunday, the Providence Journal reported. Police said the club exceeded its capacity by more than 200 people.

The club's owner, Howard Silverman, denied the allegations and said he is doing his “very best” to follow the rules.

“I take this very seriously," Silverman told the newspaper.

Silverman said there were only 170 to 180 on the premises while police were there and that 239 people are allowed inside the club under the coronavirus restrictions.

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