Over the past few weeks, the Gloucester Township Police Department and other surrounding agencies have received reports of large residential backyard pool parties, which are promoted and advertised on social media platforms. These parties are being held by a promoter and resident is charging for admission to the party. Since social distancing and COVID-19 safety practices are NOT being observed, these parties are contributing to the health emergency of the COVID-19 pandemic. These events are also disruptive to residential neighborhoods which are not designed to handle the large volume of parking and loud music. We will strictly enforce all applicable laws for public safety. Do your part to end this COVID-19 pandemic by avoiding these for-profit, promoted party events which helps spread the virus.
The New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub states the following:
Outdoor gatherings must be limited to 500 people and social distancing must be practiced. There are no limits for First Amendment-protected outdoor activities, such as political protests of any persuasion or outdoor religious services.
To save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19, wear a mask, wash your hands, practice social distancing, and stay home if you are sick.
Face coverings are required in indoor public spaces and in outdoor public spaces when social distancing is difficult to maintain.
Additional requirements for outdoor gatherings include the following:
- Require attendees to be six feet apart at all times, excluding immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners;
- Prohibit contact between attendees;
- If the event is an organized gathering, the organizer should demarcate six feet of spacing in the area of the gathering to demonstrate appropriate spacing for social distancing;
- Prohibit sharing of any physical items provided and require sanitization before and after each use; and
- Require contactless pay options wherever feasible.
For more details please click the NJ COVD-19 Information Hub FAQ’s: https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/reopening-guidance-and-restrictions/are-people-allowed-to-gather-in-person