Police Shut Down 2 Weddings For Violating Coronavirus Orders

Sandy Malone

Lakewood police shut down two weddings on St. Patrick's Day after the governor banned gatherings of more than 50 people.

Lakewood, NJ – Lakewood police broke up two weddings with more than 50 guests on Tuesday night because both celebrations were in violation of the state’s ban on large gatherings.

Earlier in the day, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy banned assemblies of more than 50 people, NJ.com reported.

Murphy also told New Jersey residents not to treat coronavirus shut downs like “an extended spring break.”

But the governor’s prohibition didn’t stop at least two couples from going through with their plans to get married on St. Patrick’s Day, NJ.com reported.

Lakewood Police Captain Gregory Staffordsmith said officers responded to two different wedding venues at about 8 p.m. on March 17 and interrupted the ongoing celebrations.

Officers notified venue staff that gatherings larger than 50 guests were prohibited and ordered them to shut down the wedding receptions, NJ.com.

Captain Staffordsmith said both venues complied and the wedding guests and staff dispersed without incident.

“We stress that the public do their part in reducing the spread of COVID-19 by obeying the guidelines set forth by the State of New Jersey and encourage cleaning your hands often, staying home if you’re sick, covering coughs and sneezes, consider wearing a face mask if you aren’t feeling well, clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and practice social distancing,” the captain said.

He said Lakewood police planned to stringently enforce the governor’s ban and were sending reminders about the 50-person limit to venues through the jurisdiction, NJ.com reported.

Lakewood Mayor Raymond Coles said that both of the wedding venues that were raided hadn’t thought the new size restrictions had gone into effect yet.

Coles said the township attorney was looking into whether local law would allow them to enact fines or penalties against residents and establishments who violated restrictions established during the pandemic, NJ.com reported.

“You’d hope you wouldn’t have to with everything going on in the news,” the mayor said. “But if we stop this thing from spreading now, then we can get back to our lives more quickly... We need to respect the restrictions."

He said the gathering restrictions were going to have the greatest effect on the Orthodox Jewish community, which makes up two-thirds of the town’s 100,000 residents, NJ.com reported.

Comments (21)
Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

If the responding officers get COVID-19, then they may try to blame it on the wedding to which they responded. The venues will be sad if the responding officers sue them.

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K5em
K5em

Unless there is an immediate threat, officers should not be responding to weddings or any other non emergency 911 calls.
These departments need to realize they will have no one left if they expose the front line responders.

DocCop
DocCop

Of course NJ would be looking for a way to make money off this with fines, etc.

bryantrent
bryantrent

Crazy

MjM0146
MjM0146

I guess they didnt learn from spreading Measles everywhere

spclopr8tr
spclopr8tr

Not sure how I feel about this. Those couples planned for probably close to a year and had sunk a lot of money into the celebrations. For the governor to suddenly issue a proclamation that day of the 50 person limit and expect everyone to just turn off their lives instantly, some who probably traveled for the weddings, seems just a little too harsh. But I guess I can see both sides.

Bigyoda20
Bigyoda20

The age old government excuse of “we’re doing this for your safety”.
And people are swallowing it.

CoastalCharlie
CoastalCharlie

They are taking it alright but not swallowing it. The Government does not hand out this kind of medicine orally. It is always anally and that is where citizens are getting it!

dlkoshuta
dlkoshuta

Which is a MILD childhood disease that helps to build natural immunity to other problems later in life. How did those of us who grew up in the 60's and 70's EVER survive???

Old Sniper
Old Sniper

The correct response is education and (strong) recommendation. Not a new law or "order". Those who know the Constitution are well aware that these "laws" and "orders" are in direct violation of the First Amendment, and are therefore illegal (the Constitution is called the "Supreme Law of the Land" for a reason; note that Marbury v Madison (Supreme Court, 1803) states that "any law repugnant to the Constitution is null and void"). Same for some mayors and governors using this situation as an excuse to infringe even further on the Second Amendment - ranging from stopping sales to a Katrina/New Orleans-style confiscation. That's not gonna go well either.

We are seeing a Socialism/gov't takeover test run. They are testing to see how willing the general populace (sheep) is to blithely obey. If this weren't true, we'd be seeing similar recommendations every flu season. Flu infects - and kills - a lot more.

Do not be complacent. Take responsibility for your safety into your own hands rather than letting the gov't do it for you.

Old Sniper
Old Sniper

Tell said plaintiffs that they were not invited to the wedding and would not have been exposed had they respected that non-invitation, and then counter-sue for trespassing (if a wedding was in a church, the police may NOT enter without a direct invitation from the clergy - PERIOD)


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