Union City police issue supermarket summons for having 51 people inside


As part of their crackdown on businesses that aren’t following state emergency orders, the Union City Police Department issued a summons to a supermarket today for failing to enforce social distancing – with 51 people inside the store when authorities arrived.

La Roca Supermarket. Photo via Google Maps.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“The establishment was already warned on multiple occasions. Our social distancing task force found 51 individuals inside the grocery store. Please help us stop the spread!,” the UCPD tweeted.

City spokeswoman Erin Knoedler said that the establishment was the La Roca Supermarket, located at 4416 Bergenline Ave.

On Wednesday, April 23rd, the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office said that Jose Nolasco, 51, and Andres Torres, 31, both of Union City, were charged with violating emergency orders.

Nolasco is the owner of La Roca, the AG’s office said.

This is the second Union City food market cited for violating state guidelines this week, with the Los Hermanos owner and an employee charged for not wearing face masks on Wednesday.

Yesterday, Union City announced 1,667 cases of COVID-19 and 86 related deaths.

The latest data provided from each municipality indicates that there are 4,591 cases and 268 deaths in North Hudson.

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