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2 Wildwood restaurants cited for violating Murphy's COVID-19 mandates

2 Wildwood restaurants cited for violating Murphy's COVID-19 mandates

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WILDWOOD — Two city restaurants were cited this month after authorities say they violated Gov. Phil Murphy’s COVID-19 mandates.

The owners of the Shamrock Cafe, 3700 Pacific Ave., and Cattle ‘n Clover, 3817 Pacific Ave., were charged with three separate counts and four counts, respectively, of violating the directives, police said in a news release.

City police, the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office and the state Division of Alcohol Beverage Control conducted “multiple covert investigations” into social distancing practices at the businesses, police said. Authorities launched the initiative after complaints from residents about the businesses “flagrantly violating the governor’s directives/orders,” according to the release.

Murphy signed an executive order last month mandating individuals wear face coverings in outdoor public spaces when it is not practicable to socially distance.

The ABC also will be issuing administrative penalties to the businesses determined to be in violation, according to the release. The charges were issued on a summons pending court.

Violations of the emergency orders surrounding the new coronavirus are considered disorderly persons offenses, which carry up to six months in jail, a maximum $1,000 fine or both.

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My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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