The City of Lambertville Police Department has been cracking down on violations of state executive orders relating to covid-19 mitigation measures.
As of Wednesday, police had charged 16 people with violating or disobeying social distancing directives.
Police have been conducting high visibility patrols in various locations, including parks and the D&R Canal path, to assist individuals and remind them of the various executive orders put in place by Gov. Phil Murphy, they said.
“The Lambertville Police would like to remind everyone to practice six-foot social distancing while walking/biking/jogging, as well as the requirement to wear a mask while inside public buildings and when the six-foot social distancing is not possible, such as on a narrow sidewalk or the tow path,” officials said Thursday.
Lambertville police had also been enforcing an executive order closing state parks prior to their reopening on Saturday.
On April 14, at 7 p.m., Sergeant Memolo and Patrolman Wurpel stopped a group of individuals congregating along the D&R Canal path near the Lambertville Municipal Utilities Authority. A 20-year-old male from Berrel Court in Yardley, a 20-year-old male from Plaza Boulevard in Morrisville, and a 21-year-old male from Veterans Highway in Levittown were each issued a summons for failure to obey a lawful order and given a date to appear in Lambertville Municipal Court.
And on April 25 at approximately 2:30 p.m., Lieutenant R. Brown observed three individuals bypass three separate “police line – do not cross” barriers indicating that the state parks were closed. A 58-year-old male from Daystar Drive in Doylestown, a 37-year-old male from North Charlotte Street in Pottstown, N.J., and a 48-year-old male from Sandybrook Drive in Langhorne were charged with failure to obey a lawful order, as well as violating the State of N.J. executive order.
Gov. Murphy on Wednesday signed Executive Order No. 138 extending the public health emergency another 30 days.