Authorities have charged two New Jersey parents with child endangerment after the adults decided to host a bat mitzvah party for one of their children.
What are the details?
The couple, 37-year-old Eliezer Silber and 34-year-old Miriam Silber, hosted a party on Sunday in Lakewood, New Jersey.
NBC News reports that 40 to 50 people were at the residence celebrating the bat mitzvah.
Authorities descended upon the house and ordered all of the attendees, who were gathered in the family's front yard, to immediately disperse. The Silbers were charged with one count of child endangerment for each of their five children. Authorities also charged Eliezer with violating a rule or regulation adopted by the governor.
Last week, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) announced a state emergency stay-at-home order, which also prohibited such gatherings due to the deadly COVID-19 outbreak.
The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office warned that the couple — and any other people violating the order — will be prosecuted.
"My office will prosecute any individual who defies or breaks the law, State of Emergency or otherwise," prosecutor Bradley Billhimer said in a statement. "Everyone must respect and follow the law."
The Silbers will be required to appear at a not-yet-determined court date.
At the time of this writing, there have been at least 16,636 cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey. At least 198 people have died in the state because of the virus.
On Monday, Murphy blasted news of another New Jersey man who decided to host a house party with at least 47 guests — and a DJ.
The party, which took place on Friday, was shut down after local authorities received an anonymous phone call reporting the incident.
In a Twitter statement, Murphy said, "Last night, Ewing Township police broke up a party with 47 people — including a DJ — crammed into a 550-square foot apartment. The organizer was charged, as they should have been and deserve to be. This is not a game. Stay home. Be smart."
Last night, Ewing Township Police broke up a party with 47 people – including a DJ – crammed into a 550-square foo… https://t.co/VX0hhYYfus— Governor Phil Murphy (@Governor Phil Murphy)1585415292.0
He later added, "Can't believe I have to say this at all, let alone for the second time. But here we are. NO CORONA PARTIES. They're illegal, dangerous, and stupid. We will crash your party. You will pay a big fine. And we will name & shame you until EVERYONE gets this message into their heads."
Can’t believe I have to say this at all, let alone for the second time. But here we are. NO CORONA PARTIES. They’r… https://t.co/ip9HuhXvhk— Governor Phil Murphy (@Governor Phil Murphy)1585425014.0