Newark Police find 18 people at a birthday party, two charged

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In spite of a citywide ordinance in place prohibiting gatherings, Newark Police find 18 people at a birthday party inside an East Main Street apartment in Newark after neighbors call in a loud music complaint.

Newark (DE): Police say they were dispatched to the 300 block of East Main Street around 11:00 pm. Wednesday night for a loud music complaint.  Arriving officers found the apartment with loud music and made contact with tenants inside.

According to police spokesman, Andrew Rubin, more than 18 people were found inside the apartment. Rubin said, “The investigation revealed that the tenants were holding a birthday party inside the apartment.”

Although the Governor’s ninth modification to the state of emergency, which prohibits gatherings to less than 10 people, does not go into effect until April 2nd at 8:00 pm, the City of Newark passed an emergency ordinance on March 16th that prohibits gatherings of more than 10 people., Rubin said.

The two tenants in the apartment were issued summonses for violating the City of Newark noise ordinance and the City’s emergency gathering ordinance. They were released pending their appearance in court at a later date., Rubin said.

All persons present in the apartment were advised of the requirements of social distancing.

The guidelines and requirements set forth by the Governor, the City of Newark and public health officials have been well publicized. Newark Police will respond to reports of violations of the state of emergency and will take enforcement action as required., Rubin said.

On 03/16/20, the City of Newark enacted an emergency ordinance prohibiting public or private gatherings of more than ten (10) people. Please note – effective 04/02/20, at 8:00 pm, the ninth modification to the Governor’s state of emergency orders that groups shall be limited to less than 10 (ten). Additionally, on 03/22/20, the Governor issued the fifth modification to the State of Emergency declaration, which stated: “Delawareans should refrain from organizing or attending social gatherings of any size, except for regular interactions with immediate family members, members of the same household, caregivers, or individuals with whom you have a close personal relationship.”

For information about COVID-19, and the various laws, ordinances and state of emergency declarations related thereto, please see our COVID-19 page at .

To date, there has been 368 positive COVID-19 cases in Delaware. 226 of those are in New Castle County, 41 in Kent County, and 101 in Sussex County. 49 of those have recovered and 11 people have died from the disease since March 11th in Delaware. 51 people with COVID-19 are currently hospitalized. According to state health data, 171 of the positive cases are males and 197 are females with an age range of 1-65.

The outbreak that continues to kill thousands around the world was confirmed to have arrived in Delaware in mid-March after a University of Delaware professor tested positive. Days later, three more people associated with the University of Delaware tested positive. The number of confirmed positive cases in Delaware has increased daily.

On Wednesday April 1, 2020, Governor John Carney signed the ninth modification to his State of Emergency declaration, further limiting public gatherings and ordering essential businesses to take specific steps to enforce social distancing and fight the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID19).

Governor Carney’s modified emergency order limits public gatherings to 10 people through May 15, or until the public health threat has been eliminated. For the purposes of the order, public gatherings include weddings, funerals, and related activities.


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