The Rumson Police Department in New Jersey had an interesting bust over the weekend when they broke up a Pink Floyd cover band’s front lawn concert for violating the state’s current stay-at-home order enforced because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The police department shared the following via their Facebook page: “This evening the Rumson Police Department received an unfortunate call about a group of 30 people on the front lawn of a house on Blackpoint Rd. near Wood Ln. When our patrols arrived we were met by a group of approx. 30 ’40-50′ year old ADULTS who were located in the middle of Blackpoint Rd and on the front law attending an acoustic concert of Pink Floyd’s greatest hits. (Some even brought lawn chairs.)
“The impromptu concert was performed by two guitarists equipped with microphones and amplifiers who were also broadcasting the concert via Facebook live. 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.'”
The police department’s statement continued, “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. Sadly I’m sure we all ‘wish we could be here,’ and the Rumson Police Department takes no enjoyment in ruining anyone’s fun! However, we ALL have a responsibility to take this pandemic SERIOUSLY and adhere to the social distancing requirement. We also need to be a good role model for our children and be kind and understanding during these times. Please use this incident as a learning experience for everyone! If we have to respond to another ‘corona party’ we will be using a zero-tolerance approach and everyone involved will be charged with Disorderly Conduct. We are all in this together and together we need to make smarter choices.”
After news of this story started making the rounds, Rumson Police Department Lt. Christopher J. York issued the following statement: “On behalf of Chief Scott Paterson, the Rumson Police Department has received some inquiries regarding the status of charging the people involved. The matter is presently under investigation by the Rumson Police Department and charges are pending. A post will be made once the subject(s) have been served with a criminal complaint.”
The moral of this story is two-fold:
1. It isn’t just spring break college students making not-so-bright decisions on large gatherings.
2. Heed the advice from the hashtag shared by the Rumson Police Department: #WeDontNeedNoCoronaParties.