CAMDEN, NJ — With Mother’s Day relegated to indoor celebrations this year, Camden Mayor Frank Moran said he understands the restlessness residents will feel this weekend as stay-at-home orders remain in place. 

“I know a lot of folks are tempted to be outside and do cookouts... We must refrain from that,” Moran said in a video message Wednesday.

Moran said authorities will take swift action in the event anyone gathers in groups outdoors or attempts to host a BBQ - as the City Council president attested to being the case during Easter weekend.

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“I want to continue to emphasize that the weather is getting better. Folks are starting to venture out. People are gathering,” he continued. “I know it's challenging in the city but you need to keep your distance.”

Camden County Freeholder Director Lou Cappelli confirmed eight additional COVID-19 deaths this evening, and 78 more positive cases — totaling at least 3,707 cases and 197 deaths.

The city of Camden now has 1,054 cases.

“It is with great sadness that we announce eight additional deaths caused by coronavirus in Camden County this evening. We are sending our sincerest condolences to the families who have lost a loved one, and we are keeping them in our thoughts and prayers tonight as we mourn the nearly 200 in our community that have succumbed to this disease,” said Cappelli following the announcement.

County leaders lauded the way residents handled the re-opening of park’s last weekend. 

Moran reminded park goers that basketball rims remain off and playgrounds are still off limits. 

He said he understands those who need to get fresh air, as long as they are practicing social distancing.

Although the curve is flattening, Moran said, case numbers in the city are increasing as more testing is available. 

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