New Jersey Police Break Up 300 Person Party amid Pandemic, Arrest Party-Thrower

Police said they had received ongoing noise complaints about the residence and had previously responded to another event held there earlier in July, dubbed BikiniPalooza, NBC4 reported.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy addressed the house party during a press briefing on Monday, where he told reporters, "I am aware only generally of the party in Alpine, and I've not liked what I've heard. I understand it was more outside than inside, but based on the description, there was close congregation and not a lot of face covering."

In July, Murphy signed an executive order that increased outdoor and indoor gatherings, but this was decreased to 25 people on Aug. 3.

"In order to protect public health, we are retightening the restriction on indoor gatherings due to uptick of COVID-19 cases in New Jersey," Murphy said. "We cannot stress enough that large and crowded indoor gatherings, where social distancing isn’t being practiced and face masks aren’t being worn, are not safe. Until there is a significant decrease of COVID-19 cases, these restrictions will continue to be in place."

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