(Tea Party 247) – As many Democrat cities let the occupants of their jails go out of concerns for the coronavirus outbreak, otherwise law-abiding citizens are being arrested for hosting too many people in their homes.
A New Jersey homeowner has been arrested for hosting a wedding that violated the state’s current ban on over 50 people issued by the governor to prevent the spread of the virus.
Police in Ocean County arrested Eliyohu Zaks, a 49-year-old homeowner, charging him with “maintaining a nuisance for hosting the wedding” to which over 50 people attended.
According to KYW-TV, Lakewood police have reportedly responded to 17 calls of social distancing regulations being violated.
“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.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy issued a ban on gatherings of gatherings including or exceeding 50 people earlier this week to help the state’s efforts to combat the pandemic. There are currently 890 confirmed cases in the Garden State with 11 deaths, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.
I take personal responsibility for the public health and safety of New Jersey.
If you are unhappy about our aggressive social distancing measures, I’m sorry. But your safety is my highest priority.
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) March 18, 2020
According to New Jersey 101.5, there were also two weddings at the Lake Terrace and Fountain Ballroom hosting over 50 people that were already broken up.
No known arrests were made in that case.
The station also reported that Shaul Kuperwasser was charged with maintaining a public nuisance after Lakewood police responded to a large crowd at his house.
They also noted that the “epicenter” of the state’s COVID-19 cases has been in Ocean County as 26 of the county’s 53 known cases of the virus have been concentrated there.
Earlier this weeks, all the schools across the state were closed along with non-essential businesses and Murphy mobilized the National Guard after issuing the ban on gatherings of 50 or more people.
He said, on Friday, “I’m not sure if we’re going to be to 10 people or if we’re going to zero.”
Throughout this week, strict mandates were issued in California, New York, and Illinois as residents were told to remain at home other than for essential needs. On Saturday, Murphy announced further restrictions for his state.
I just mandated the indefinite closure of ALL
📚Municipal, county, and State public libraries
📚Libraries and computer labs at public & private higher ed institutions
I know libraries are a critical part of the fabric of our communities, but we must slow the spread of #COVID19.
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) March 21, 2020
The first major coronavirus testing site in New Jersey at Bergen Community College in Paramus reached capacity after being open for just four hours on Friday.
In one tragic case in the state, four members of the same family perished from the virus as the surviving members remain in quarantine.
A 4th member of a single New Jersey family died on Thursday from the coronavirus, a relative said. 3 other family members remain hospitalized, 2 of them in critical condition, and nearly 20 other relatives are quarantined at their homes. https://t.co/v4y0jfpjXg
— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 19, 2020
Shock at the news of a homeowner’s arrest shocked Twitter users, as police in some cities had begun releasing criminals due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Philly’s Police Commissioner issued new guidelines for officers to no longer arrest criminals for “non-violent” crimes due to the #coronavirus outbreak. Below, the list of offenses for which arrests will no longer be made and accompanying press release. Full coverage tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/YW9ZlEZp2c
— Chris Stigall (@ChrisStigall) March 18, 2020
Big news out of Baltimore: Citing coronavirus, @MarilynMosbyEsq instructs prosecutors to reject arrests for drug possession, prostitution, minor traffic and other lesser charges and release anyone being held https://t.co/SE7flOVJYd pic.twitter.com/swsl3daps8
— Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) March 18, 2020
Meanwhile, in Puerto Rico, over 100 people were arrested for violating an executive order to remain indoors.
Puerto Rico officials have arrested more than 124 people who’ve allegedly violated the Governors executive order to stay inside. Mayagüez leads the list in terms of having the most arrests of people who refuse to stay inside for everybody safety #Covid_19 https://t.co/DCzILdoO3o https://t.co/etDu67HvF4
— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) March 20, 2020
Ho….ly moly…. I hate to even ❤️ this news. Scary stuff. We’re about to see a trend spread.
— Mia (@miagata73) March 20, 2020
California, cities are now on MANDATORY lockdown for 15 days, like house arrest.
New Jersey officials arrested people at a wedding that had 50 in attendance.
Violation of "social distancing" law in NJ.
It's getting ready to be VERY bad.
This is NOT A Brave New World
— GLAY (@Glayvorkia) March 21, 2020