The Golden Nugget Antique Flea Market just outside of Lambertville drew crowds of shoppers on Wednesday and will be open for business this weekend, despite a state prohibition on gatherings of 50 or more people.
“If people are gathering in large numbers, we don’t care where they are gathering. It’s a public health concern,” New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy reiterated at a media briefing on Wednesday. “We mean it when we say 50 people. Anywhere a group gathers is a place where coronavirus easily spreads, even if you are showing no signs of the illness.”
In contrast, Rice’s Sale & Country Market in nearby Solebury Township was closed on Tuesday, telling customers they will keep them posted on future dates.
Calls to Golden Nugget were not answered, but a recording stated, “We are maintaining our regular days and hours of Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The flea market includes sizeable indoor retail and food service areas.
A Hunterdon County health official referred a reporter’s questions to Mercer County, since the Golden Nugget is located in Hopewell Township, N.J. Mercer County Health officials said that Hopewell Township’s health department superseded their authority on the issue of business closings. A Hopewell official referred a call to Montgomery Township, with whom they share municipal health responsibilities. A call to a Montgomery Township health official went unanswered, as did an email to the state health department.