New Jersey homeowner arrested for hosting wedding with more than 50 guests

In the new altered reality that is 2020, Americans in some cities have begun calling the police on each other as coronavirus rules are being violated.

Police arrested a New Jersey homeowner for hosting a pop-up wedding that exceeded the ban of gatherings of over 50 people issued by the governor to stem the spread of the virus.

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Eliyohu Zaks, a 49-year-old homeowner, was arrested by police in Ocean County and charged with “maintaining a nuisance for hosting the wedding” which had more than 50 people gathered at his home. Lakewood police have reportedly responded to about 17 calls for social distancing violations of regulations put in place by the state, according to KYW-TV.

“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 Gov. Phil Murphy issued a ban on gatherings of 50 or more people earlier this week in the efforts against the global pandemic in the state which currently has 890 confirmed cases and 11 deaths, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.

Two weddings at the Lake Terrace and Fountain Ballroom with more than 50 guests at each were reportedly broken up this week as well, though no known arrests were made, according to New Jersey 101.5 which also reported that Shaul Kuperwasser was charged with maintaining a public nuisance after Lakewood police responded to a large crowd at his house

The outlet noted that Lakewood has become the “epicenter” of COVID-19 in Ocean County, with 26 of the county’s 53 known coronavirus cases being concentrated there.

All New Jersey schools were ordered closed earlier this week as well as all non-essential businesses as the Democrat leader also mobilized the National Guard. Murphy, who had cut public gatherings to 50 people earlier this week, said Friday: “I’m not sure if we’re going to be to 10 people or if we’re going to zero.”

Sweeping mandates were announced in California, New York, and Illinois as people were told to stay home except for essential needs. Murphy announced more restrictions for New Jersey residents on Saturday.

New Jersey’s first major coronavirus testing site at Bergen Community College in Paramus, hit capacity after being open for just four hours on Friday.

In a tragic story in one New Jersey city, four members of the same family have died from coronavirus and many more are quarantined.

Meanwhile, Twitter users were shocked at the report of a homeowner being arrested for the wedding, especially with police being told in some cities to not arrest actual criminals due to the coronavirus outbreak.

In Puerto Rico, more than 100 people were arrested for violating an executive order to stay inside.

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