New Jersey Law Enforcement Sets up Border Patrol to Enforce Stay at Home Orders
In late March, Governor Phil Murphy ordered residents of New Jersey to stay at home amid the growing concerns of the spread of Coronavirus throughout the state and country. This mandated all non-essential retail businesses to close until further notice and residents to self isolate within their homes. This allows them to only travel for necessary purposes such as grocery shopping, doctors visits, or essential work. However, despite the order, there are individuals who continue to violate the order. It is because of this that four neighboring cities in the state will use their law enforcement to enforce the Governor’s orders.
Police in the cities of Newark, Orange, East Orange, and Irvington will jointly patrol borders to stop drivers and ask where they are going. Any drivers who are violating the governor’s orders for travel bans throughout the state will face summonses and be ordered back to their municipalities.
Speaking of the matter, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka stated, “Obviously, we’re going to move from informing and telling people from the governor’s executive order to now engaging and finding people in violation of that executive order.”
The new initiative will be re-evaluated on April 7 to see if it should continue throughout the municipalities.
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