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Violating NJ stay-at-home order could land you behind bars

Posted: 8:11 PM, Mar 23, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-23 20:11:00-04
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NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy told New Jersey residents to stay home and he means it.

Attorney General Gurbir Grewal warned the public Monday that it's a criminal offense to violate orders related to the coronavirus outbreak. Retail stores and entertainment centers that stay open will face punishment

"The rules are simple: shut down your non-essential businesses and stay at home whenever possible," Grewal said. "If you don't, there are serious penalties. You will be held accountable."

He also warned residents not to hold parties at home and invite large numbers of friends.

"Law enforcement officers will have to break that party up and their will be consequences ," he said.

Those consequences can be "everything from a disorderly persons offense to second-, third-, and fourth-degree indictable offenses," a spokesperson for Grewals office said.

Disorderly persons offenses are punishable by up to six months in jail and a maximum fine of $1,000.