When police in New Jersey learned that a landlord in the town of Gloucester was planning a large pool party where attendees would be charged admission fees, they said they warned him about “potential violations”.
The Sunday party in sicklerville, about 20 miles from Philadelphia, continued and the host and promoted events were charged, Gloucester Township police said on Monday. This was at least the third party closed in New Jersey in the week before the guest paid the entrance fee.
Lt. Jason Gittens said on Wednesday police learned via social media that the host, Jeffrey Davis Jr., would be hosting a “for-profit pool party.”;
Police contacted Davis last Thursday and warned him of potential violations of the state’s order of major social gatherings and local regulations on nesting. party during the COVID-19 pandemic, police said.
Police said that from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. policemen monitored the single-family home at Court 12 Prospect and observed about 250 people inside and outside the building attending the pool party. . Attendees had to pay an entrance fee of 35 dollars and were observed not to wear masks or to focus on society, the lieutenant of the police said. The state limits outdoor gatherings to 500 people and must practice away from society.
Playing loud music also violated the town’s noise regulations, police said, who said eight vehicles were fined for parking violations.
“The staff asked the host to close the party and when the attendees left, large crowds littered the streets,” police said in a news report.
Davis, 31, and a man identified by the police as party promoters, Marheem Miller, 28, of Camden, have been charged with three counts of violating the governor’s executive order. Davis was also summoned for litter and will be charged with violating a local zoning ordinance. Davis and Miller were unable to immediately contact each other for comment on Wednesday.
Separately, police in Howell Township, about 65 miles northeast of Philadelphia, parted ways with what they described as a Sunday “pop-up party” where 300 people attended. Most of the attendees complied, police said, adding that others angry with the host charged the admission fee.
On July 26, a host and two party hosts were charged with violating an executive order by the governor to limit the size of the gathering after police in Jackson spent almost 5 hours closing the event. attracted more than 700 people to hire Airbnb, police said.
Last week, Governor Phil Murphy reduced the number of people allowed to gather indoors by 25% of the capacity of a room with up to 25 people – down from the previous limit of 100 – after reports of parties great at home and indoor events.
“Unfortunately, the actions of a few knuckles don’t make us go in any other direction,” Murphy said. “We have to go back and tighten these restrictions.”