‘So, you think you can tell heaven from hell…’
RUMSON, NJ—Authorities in New Jersey are cracking down on people who do not ‘shelter in place’ and self isolate.
On Saturday, police in Rumson broke up an acoustic neighborhood ‘concert’ that was being attended by approximately 30 middle-aged men and women.
“The impromptu concert was performed by two guitarists equipped with microphones and amplifiers who were also broadcasting the concert via facebook live,” the Rumsford Police Department stated on its Facebook page.
When we informed everyone that they must leave–in accordance with Governor Murphy’s executive orders regarding these so called “corona-parties”–we were met with well wishes of “F-the police” and “Welcome to Nazi Germany” from this group of “40-50 year old ADULTS”.
As the old saying goes, in the midst of all this chaos, the band still played on, that is until they were advised in the middle of the 1975 classic “Wish you were here”, that they must stop the show.
On Sunday, NJ.com reported that John Maldjian, 54, was charged with “disorderly persons offenses of reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and charges related to violating the emergency orders, according to the state Attorney General’s Office.”
Although Pink Floyd may be an acquired taste, New Jersey is having none of it.
Due to its proximity to New York, he ‘Garden State’ has been particularly hard hit with COVID-19 cases.
Last month, Governor Phil Murphy stated that persons violating his “shelter in place” orders would be fined and publicly shamed.
Can’t believe I have to say this at all, let alone for the second time. But here we are.
NO CORONA PARTIES. They’re illegal, dangerous, and stupid.
We will crash your party. You will pay a big fine. And we will name & shame you until EVERYONE gets this message into their heads.
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) March 28, 2020
Although his lawyer is saying it was all a ‘misunderstanding,’ it is not currently known how much Maldjian will eventually pay in fines.