While Cities Let Criminals Run Loose During Virus Scare, Police in New Jersey Arrest Homeowner for Hosting a Pop-up Wedding
According to CBS Local, Police in Ocean County New Jersey arrested a homeowner for hosting a pop-up wedding with more than 50 people in attendance during the Wuhan virus pandemic. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy banned events with more than 50 people attending in an attempt to stop the spread of the pandemic.
Lakewood police charged 49-year-old Eliyohu Zaks with maintaining a nuisance for hosting the wedding at a home.
“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 declared in a statement.
According to a Lakewood police report, the police responded to approximately 17 calls for violations of the social distancing restrictions that the state enacted recently.
On Friday, March 20, 2020 Murphy announced that he expects to issue more restrictions on social distancing, very likely on Saturday. However, he did not specify what these restrictions will look like.
There are 890 confirmed cases of the Wuhan flu in New Jersey, including 11 deaths.
Neighboring states like Pennsylvania are now giving up on crime-fighting, as the Philadelphia police department announced that it won’t be prosecuting non-violent crimes.