MILFORD, MA – Milford homeowner faces a $ 1,500 fine for throwing a 200-person party over the weekend that violated state coronavirus health mandates, city officials say .
The Milford Board of Health is issuing the three $ 500 citations after police disrupted the party on Saturday night along Franklin Street. The fines cover violations of the state mask order, limit on gatherings, and social distancing rules.
“During a pandemic, hosting and attending large gatherings threatens public health and harms the community,” city health director Jacquelyn Murphy said in a statement on Wednesday. “The new coronavirus, COVID-19, is a highly contagious and potentially fatal virus for some people. Events of this type have been attributed to the transmission of COVID-19 among the participants. “
A neighbor called police around 10 p.m. Saturday to report about 100 people at the party not wearing masks. But when the police arrived, they found dozens more.
Milford Police Chief Michael Pighetti told Patch on Tuesday that police encountered issues of “great concern” at the party.
Massachusetts is part of the first phase of Governor Charlie Baker’s plan to reopen. Baker refused to move the state to part two in early August when data showed coronavirus trends were increasing statewide.
At a press conference on Tuesday, he said the state would remain on hiatus for the foreseeable future.
“I think we’re going to stay pretty much where we are,” he said.