SPARTA, NJ- The police have asked people in Sparta to refrain from doing “birthday brigades,” in keeping with the governor’s Executive Order 107 asking people to stay home. 

 As people are trying to make the best of the challenges of staying at home, isolated from friends and neighbors, they have been organizing caravans to drive by the home of a youngster celebrating a birthday, since birthday parties are forbidden.

“The concern was for long trains of cars driving through neighborhoods, especially cars from outside the area,” Sparta Police Chief Neil Spidaletto said. 

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Spidaletto said the issue has come up on daily briefing calls with the state regarding the COVID-19 crisis.  He said the issue has even escalated as other groups have been forming with the noble intention of spreading some cheer.

The chief said the request is being made to “try to limit contact as much as possible." They do not want people going out and hanging out, even if they are staying far apart.  

“We are all about community policing,” Spidaletto said.  “We just don’t want to go against the governor’s orders at the height of the pandemic. Our priority is to keep everybody safe.”