LAKEWOOD (VINnews) — A resident of Lakewood, NJ was issued a summons for hosting a pop-up wedding that saw more than 50 people in attendance during the COVID-19 pandemic.>> Subscribe to VINnews on WhatsApp <<
Gatherings of 50 people or more were banned last week by Governor Phil Murphy in an attempt to curb the spread of Coronavirus.
The 49-year-old homeowner was charged with maintaining a nuisance for hosting the wedding at a home on Spruce Street.
“The Lakewood Police is asking that its citizens be responsible and obey the directives set forth by the State of New Jersey for the safety and health of all. Those that choose not to will be subject to criminal prosecution,” police said in a statement.
According to Lakewood police, they have already responded to around 17 different calls for violations of the social distancing rules laid out by New Jersey officials.
PLEASE NOTE: It has been incorrectly reported by several mainstream news outlets that the individual in question was taken into custody. These reports are ultimately false, as in reality the man was only issued a summons.
On Saturday, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order directing most New Jersey residents to stay home amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The state announced that the total number of COVID-19 cases rose to 1,327 overnight, with 16 deaths. That’s up from 890 cases and 11 deaths on Friday.
BREAKING: I just signed an Executive Order directing nearly all residents to STAY AT HOME.
ALL gatherings are canceled.
ALL non-essential retail businesses must indefinitely close their physical stores to the public effective 9:00 p.m. tonight.
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) March 21, 2020