Newark Police charge more than 30 people with city’s large gathering ordinance

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Newark City Council passed gathering ordinances in private homes in response to Governor John Carney’s COVID-19 mandates.

NEWARK (DE): A large gathering at an apartment in the city of Newark led to more than 30 people with citations charging them with violating the city’s large gathering ordinance.

According to Newark Police, officers were summoned to the apartment Monday just before Midnight after a concerned citizen called to report loud music coming from the apartment.

Officers arrived at the apartment in the unit block of Center Street and could hear loud music coming from the apartment, which violated the City of Newark noise ordinance, said police.

Officers made contact with persons in the apartment and determined that there were over thirty people in the apartment.

“Officers charged three residents of the apartment with allowing loud music to be played in violation of city ordinance.,” Said police spokesman Andrew Rubin. “In addition, thirty-six people present at the apartment were charged with violating a city ordinance that prohibits more than ten people, who do not reside together, from gathering indoors at a private residence during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

All persons were issued summonses and released at the scene without incident., Rubin said.

Newark City Council passed gathering ordinances in private homes in response to Governor John Carney’s COVID-19 mandates. Within the city of Newark you cannot have more than ten (10) people, who do not reside together, gather indoors at a private residence, and no more than twenty (20) people, who do not reside together, may gather outdoors at a private residence.  This includes yards and porches/decks.

Penalties range from fines to community service and anyone present, not just the persons who organized the gathering, may be cited under the law.

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