JERSEY CITY, NJ —A popular venue in Jersey City has been cited for having patrons indoors with no masks and little sign of social distancing.

"The Factory on Communipaw has regularly violated COVID restrictions throughout the pandemic," said Jersey City Chief Prosecutor Jake Hudnut, via twitter. "100s of people inside w/ no masks twice this weekend. JCPD summonses were issued both times. We’ll see them in court."

Police were initially responding to a disturbance outside the venue, when they saw the crowds inside.

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Governor Murphy mentioned The Factory in his briefing on Wednesday, saying, "Yesterday, officials in Jersey City began legal actions against The Factory Restaurant and Lounge for what it’s saying have been regular violations. I applaud Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and City Prosecutor Jake Hudnut for their zero-tolerance approach, and urge other municipal officials to take a similar stance."

Anecdotal accounts on social media have shown evidence of perceived overcrowding at a variety of locations. While indoor service is still forbidden statewide, many of the outdoor plazas in Jersey City have come under scrutiny.

"Send pictures and video to prosecutor@jcnj.org and provide your contact information," said Hudnut. "It makes it easier for us to hold careless businesses accountable."

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