PERTH AMBOY, NJ – It has become common in New Jersey during Governor Phil Murphy’s total shutdown of the state for people to pass by each other’s homes or businesses for birthday parades, parades for those recently released from the hospital and even just general “make somebody happy” vehicle parades. Now, police in one town are cracking down, issuing traffic tickets and charging people walking in the street, for being too close, even those with masks.
Davide Camilo-Chiolo, 21, and Luis Diaz-Dejsus, 21, both of Perth Amboy, were charged yesterday, April 14, with violating the emergency orders for participating in a parade and vehicle caravan through the business district of Perth Amboy. The two defendants were in a group of pedestrians who were wearing masks, but who failed to maintain social distancing and who were obstructing traffic. The defendants were charged after they failed to heed warnings to disperse. There were 17 vehicles in the caravan, and the drivers were issued traffic tickets.