Edmonton police are investigating after breaking up a party in southwest Edmonton attended by more than 100 people Saturday night.
Officers responded to the Khrome Beauty Lounge, located in a commercial complex called Ellwood Corner, at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday, to a complaint of a large gathering, Edmonton police spokesman Scott Pattison said.
It was estimated there were between 100 and 125 people in attendance at the party, where officers also discovered “large volumes of alcohol” and a DJ on the premises.
In a statement posted to social media, owners of the Khrome franchise Ona and Edona Jetishi said it is unacceptable to put health and safety at risk.
“While others follow Alberta Health Services policy and restrictions for the betterment of our communities safety, our team was expected to do the same,” the statement reads.
“That is not what happened and we apologize for their careless and reckless behaviour. These individuals do not represent Khrome’s values and will not be representatives for our brand.”
The owners said they have strict COVID-19 safety measures in place at their three locations and continue to work closely with Alberta Health Services (AHS).
“We hope that COVID has not spread due to this unfortunate and irresponsible incident. We will be working closely with our legal team to ensure action is taken against these partners at this sole location,” the statement reads.
Police continue to investigate and discussions with AHS and the City of Edmonton are expected to be held, Pattison said, regarding the direction of the investigation.