A Union City supermarket owner, along with an employee, were charged by police for not wearing face masks, in violation of the state emergency orders, two days after being warned, officials said.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“When education and warnings fail, we will issue a summons. A Union City supermarket owner and employee were cited today for failing to wear a face mask, after repeated warnings went unheeded. Please help us stop the spread,” the Union City Police Department tweeted this afternoon.
Subsequently, city spokeswoman Erin Knoedler said the UCPD has formed a “Social Distancing Task Force” to ensure that residents are following the executive orders issues by the state.
While educational flyers, masks, and gloves were distributed at multiple businesses, Los Hermanos Supermarket, located at 2606 Bergenline Ave., did not heed a warning issued on Monday, Knoedler said.
“UCPD went to LosÂ HermanosÂ (2606 Bergenline Ave) twice on April 13th and saw multiple employees without masks.Â The employees and owner were given warnings and educated about the need for masks,” she explained.
“Now, we had another incident today where an employee who was previously warned about wearing a mask was without one.Â The employee and owner were issued a summons for a violation of the EO.”
Gov. Phil Murphy (D) issued an executive order mandating that all essential employees and customers wear face masks on April 8th.
This afternoon, the New Jersey Department of Health indicated that there are 8,511 coronavirus cases in Hudson County and 312 deaths, both the third in the state by county.
Yesterday, Union City disclosed 1,346 COVID-19 cases and 50 deaths to date.