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Apr 05, 2020

Rumson Police Break Up Front Lawn ‘Corona Party’ Saturday Night

The Rumson Police Department was called to an outside party of approximately 30 adults, who were listening to an impromptu front lawn concert on Saturday, April 4. The “Coronavirus Party” located on the front lawn of a house on Black Point Road, near the area of Wood Lane, was attended by a large group of adults that are said to be in their 40s and 50s.

Party-goers were congregated on the front lawn, some with lawn chairs and others hanging out on the streets, while a pair of musicians played Pink Floyd’s greatest hits. The two guitarists, equipped with microphones and amplifiers, were broadcasting the concert via Facebook Live.

When officers informed attendees that they had to disperse, in accordance with Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive orders regarding these so-called “corona-parties,” they were met with shouting of “f— the police” and “welcome to Nazi Germany” from this group of Rumson adults, according to the Rumson Police Department.

“As the old saying goes, in the midst of all this chaos, the band still played on, that is until they were advised in the middle of the 1975 classic ‘Wish You Were Here’ that they must stop the show,” Rumson police said on their Facebook page. “We also need to be a good role model for our children and be kind and understanding during these times.”

Rumson police urges the public to please use this incident as a learning experience for everyone. They announced a zero tolerance approach if a party of this nature occurs again, saying that all involved will be charged with disorderly conduct should another incident occur.

UPDATE: The homeowner was identified and charged on April 5.