Lakewood Police break up large gatherings at two Wedding receptions
More than a day after Governor Phil Murphy extended public gathering restrictions to not allow more than 50 people in one place at one time, two groups of people rolled the dice and ignored that directive by having much more than that amount of guests at two weddings in Lakewood Tuesday night.
Lakewood Police spokesman Captain Gregory Staffordsmith said officers responded to one wedding at a venue on Vassar Avenue just before 8:00 pm and another wedding shortly after 8:00 pm over on Oak Street.
The Officers reminded the staff that they cannot host gatherings of more than 50 people.
Captain Staffordsmith said the staff and attendees then dispersed without incident.
The amount of guests at each of the weddings on Tuesday evening was much greater than 50 people, Staffordsmith told WOBM News.
"The Lakewood Police Department takes the precautions set by Governor Murphy very seriously and will certainly do our part to protect those we serve by strictly enforcing his mitigation strategies over the next few weeks," Staffordsmith said. "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 your 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."