State Police Superintendent Col. Pat Callahan said New Jersey is exploring additional penalties against businesses who repeatedly defy executive orders that directed them to close.
“It really falls under the purview and the authority of the commissioner of health,” Callahan said Wednesday. “There are additional actions and measures that we’re looking into that fall under her authority — what we can do with a business that refuses to remain closed.”
A gym in Belmawr has publicly flaunted such closure orders since Monday.
Callahan said the owners of Atilis Gym were issued a third citation for violating one of Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive orders Wednesday. They were also charged with making a public nuisance for the first time this morning.
Callahan provided no specifics on what further penalties Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli’s department could impose on non-compliant businesses.
“We expect every business in the state to comply with the orders that the governor signed, and we certainly expect businesses, when cited by law enforcement, to follow what law enforcement and cooperate with what they say,” Murphy chief counsel Matt Platkin said. “And, to Pat’s point, if there’s additional actions that need to be taken, I know that they’ll take them.”