Two pizzerias in Union City and Hoboken have been charged with violating emergency orders, one for employees not wearing face masks and the other for allowing patrons to eat on site, state authorities said.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Jonathan Cozzino, 21, of Union City, was charged by Union City police with violating the emergency orders on May 19th, state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and New Jersey State Police Superintendent Col. Patrick Callahan.
Cozzino was the manager on duty at the Dominos Pizzeria at 524 31st St., where officers observed two employees who were not wearing face masks, one who was making pizza and another working the cash register.
This location had been warned a number of times in the past month regarding similar conduct, so a summons was issued.
In a similar but separate incident, Mario Albunia, 63, of Jersey City, was charged by Hoboken police with violating the emergency orders by opening his restaurant, Mario’s Pizza on Garden Street, for on-site dining.
Police observed several patrons dining at tables inside and outside the restaurant. The patrons were seated less than six feet from one another and restaurant employees. Albunia was warned, but refused to ask the patrons to leave, officials said.
Albunia said over the phone that when police entered the establishment, there was no one one dining inside, also indicating that he has video footage to corroborate that. He also said that he believes the tables outside were well beyond six feet apart.
“We’re cracking down on those who jeopardize public health and undermine public safety,” Grewal said in a statement.
Violation of the emergency orders is a disorderly persons offense carrying a sentence of up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. Such violations are charged by summons, without arrest.