"Two New Jersey residents were arrested this week after they hosted large crowds at events in their homes, including a pop-up wedding, in defiance of social distancing orders amidst the coronavirus outbreak. Eliyohu Zaks, 49, was taken into custody on Friday after authorities said he hosted a pop-up wedding in his home on Spruce Street in Lakewood. The event was attended by more than 50 people, a violation of the state’s newly enacted edict banning such gatherings as part of efforts to contain the coronavirus. Another local resident, 43-year-old Shaul Kuperwasser, was arrested after a large crowd was seen gathering at his home on Thursday... Lakewood Police Captain Gregory Staffordsmith said his officers have continued to break up large gatherings this week despite the stay-at-home order. ‘We want the public to know that we have heard and share their concerns regarding gatherings of more than 50 people and have taken action against those who have failed to comply,’ he said... New Jersey police earlier this week broke up two large weddings at reception halls, according to NJ Advance Media. Even as wedding halls were ordered to shut down, residents simply moved the ceremonies to backyards on their residential properties... New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy this week angrily vowed to crack down more harshly on residents who held gatherings as state authorities struggle to prevent the fast-spreading disease. ‘It’s time to cut the crap,’ Murphy told reporters in Trenton on Thursday... The governor vowed that his order banning gatherings of more than 50 people ‘has to be enforced.’ ‘It will be enforced aggressively,’ he said."
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