August 14, 2020
By Eric Englund
A Seaside Haven restaurant and bar owner was cited not too long ago for violating Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive order by not maintaining social distancing tips between clients to assistance end the spread of COVID-19
Tom Hughes, operator of Sea Shell Resort and Seaside Club, was issued a summons Aug. 8 soon after the Prolonged Seashore Wellness Office obtained a COVID-19 complaint concerning significant gatherings at the restaurant’s bar that afternoon.
Beach front Haven Law enforcement Capt. Tom Medel reported the health section instructed Law enforcement Main James Markoski the agency experienced been given a complaint for COVID-19-similar violations. The complainant informed the overall health department that there had been massive gatherings at the bar, consumers who were unable to social distance had been not donning face coverings and numerous consumers ended up not working towards social distancing.
Police Sgt. James Lemmo frequented the institution to investigate and just take photographs of the alleged violations.
Medel said Lemmo arrived at the Sea Shell at approximately 5:14 p.m., entering via the Centre Avenue outside entrance. He was greeted by a member of the protection team, who was donning a confront masking, and stated why he was there. The guard was comprehension and cooperative, in accordance to law enforcement.
Medel stated as Lemmo was getting photographs, he observed there have been quite a few clients standing at the two exterior bars. The bulk of these buyers reportedly had been not sporting deal with coverings, and they appeared to be in close proximity to each individual other, not working towards the social distancing tips. He also noticed that all of the Sea Shell workforce had been carrying face coverings and training social distancing.
Lemmo spoke with the owner, Tom Hughes, and encouraged him about the sequence of activities leading to his existence at the club, Medel said. Hughes was putting on a confront covering and was pretty knowledge and cooperative, police said.
The information and facts and photos gathered ended up then forwarded to Michelle Armstrong, government assistant Ocean County prosecutor.
Hughes declined remark when contacted. —E.E.