Footage of police in New Jersey informing anti-lockdown protesters they’re in violation of Covid-19 executive orders, but will not face consequences, is the latest example of officers taking a more hands-off approach to the rules.
People began gathering outside Atilis Gym in southern New Jersey hours before it opened on Monday to show support for the business defying executive orders from the governor, and to protest the continuing lockdown measures in place across the state.
While almost no protesters wore face coverings and were clearly breaking social distancing guidelines by gathering in a big crowd, police simply informed those gathered that they were in violation of current orders – and to “have a nice day.”
“Formally, you are all in violation of the executive order,” an officer told the crowd. “On that note, have a good day. Everybody be safe.” Police then left the area to the sound of cheers from the protesters.
🇺🇸”You’re all in violation of @GovMurphy’s Executive Order-on that note-have a good day& be Safe.” LEOs at #Atilis gym in Bellmawr NJ stand with American Patriots in support of civil rights& in defiance of tyrannical& unconstitutional StayAtHome orders!pic.twitter.com/G5e7s6toWW
— DrConservaMom🇺🇸🐸🌐 (@ConservaMomUSA) May 18, 2020
An attorney representing the gym owners said they were issued a summons from the county for disorderly conduct and patrons inside the establishment were given formal warnings, but the business plans to reopen again on Tuesday.
As citizens grow increasingly frustrated with coronavirus lockdown orders in place across the US, police in some states have begun seriously easing-off enforcing the rules.
Also on rt.com
Corona-rage? Nashville man who hacked at random couple with MACHETE told police he was MAD AT COVID-19 lockdown
‘We don’t have the authority’
Officer Greg Anderson was put on administrative leave after posting a video to social media that went viral in which he encouraged law enforcement officers not to punish people for breaking social distancing guidelines.
“I’m seeing people arrested or cited for going to church, for traveling on the roadways, for going surfing, opening their businesses,” he said.