LAKEWOOD, N.J. — Nearly 70 people ignored a state ban on social gatherings and attended a funeral in New Jersey, leading to 15 arrests when guests refused to disperse, investigators said.
It was the third time in four days that an event in Lakewood was broken up during a statewide quarantine.
The Wednesday gathering defied Gov. Phil Murphy’s March 21 stay-at-home order.
It’s not the first one police had to break up this week.
Police on Sunday broke up a bat mitzvah and charged the hosts with five counts of child endangerment, NBC News reported.
Ten people at an engagement party were charged Tuesday after officers found a group of people on the front lawn outside of a Lakewood home where the event was being hosted, NBC News reported.
"Can't believe I have to say this at all, let alone for the second time. But here we are," Murphy said earlier this week on social media. "No Corona Parties. They're illegal, dangerous, and stupid. We will crash your party. You will pay a big fine. And we will name and shame you until everyone gets this message into their heads."
There are more than 25,000 confirmed cases and nearly 539 deaths in New Jersey, according to the New York Times.