Police officers across New Jersey have issued charges against several of residents and businesses for violating Gov. Murphy’s executive order requiring social distancing and the closure of non-essential businesses. The reports of violations are coming from all corners of the state.
Executive Orders to mitigate COVID-19 pandemic
Several executive orders have been issued in this regard. You can find the the executive orders at https://sherrill.house.gov/coronavirus/updates-governor-murphy.
The major executive orders requiring social distancing and the closure of non-essential businesses are as follows:
- 104 – Aggressive Social Distancing Measures to Mitigate Further Spread of COVID-19
- 118 – Closing State and County Parks to Further Social Distancing
- 122 – Cease All Non-Essential Construction Projects and Imposes Additional Mitigation Requirements on Essential Retail Businesses and Industries to Limit the Spread of COVID-19
Violation that have resulted into charging
The violations have resulted into warnings to citations and arrests. There have been several types of violations which have resulted in action by the Police. Some of them are listed below:
- attending a party inside of an AirBnb rental
- people gathering in an apartment not in line with social distancing practices
- ignoring police orders to disperse after loitering
- being combative with employees at a Stop & Shop after walking into the store without a mask
- coughing on an employee, resisting arrest and trying to spit on and bite police
- screaming obscenities and refusing to leave
- removing her mask “to blow on emergency medical technicians”
- lunging at a police officer, and then spatting at the officer
- told to wear a mask inside two New Jersey convenience stores and went berserk Saturday and was arrested
- for organizing a protest of the stay-at-home orders
- for yelling racial slurs related to the origin of the coronavirus at an Asian woman
- disorderly conduct at a closed local beach for reading a book on a lifeguard stand
- six men were cited for opening their local tennis and fitness club
- six people were cited for hosting a large backyard party of adults and children, where police found kids “playing in a bouncy castle” while a chef and two waiters readied a catered meal.
Arrested or charged for violating the order related to social distancing and the closure of non-essential businesses?
If you have been arrested or charged for violating the order related to social distancing and the closure of non-essential businesses in New Jersey, talk to a criminal defence attorney immediately.
The charges can result into imprisonment, fine or both. An experienced criminal defence attorney shall protect your rights and advise you suitably that may ensure full discharge or reduction in punishment.
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