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Police crackdown on impromptu Pink Floyd tribute show

A Pink Floyd tribute band found themselves in trouble in Rumson, New Jersey, when they held an impromptu show amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. It was quickly shut down by police as things got nasty.

As the pandemic continues to swell across the globe and particularly North America, the need to practice social distancing as a means of controlling the infection rate of COVID-19 is ever-increasing.

That didn’t stop one set of musicians who instead arranged a front-lawn Pink Floyd tribute concert over the weekend. After New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy cracked down on similar scenarios saying, “No more knucklehead parties or gatherings. No more abhorrent behaviour. We have got to stay home. We have got to stay away from each other.”

Instead, two musicians decided that now would be the best time to hold a Pink Floyd tribute and gathered a group of “30 40-50 year old ADULTS.” Rather than be shame of their actions it seemed as the guitarists at the heart of the show were deliberately trying to show off.

Apparently, they came “equipped with microphones and amplifiers [and] also broadcasting the concert via Facebook live.”

Rumson Police Department said in a statement that, “When we informed everyone that they must leave — in accordance with Governor Murphy’s executive orders regarding these so called ‘corona-parties’ — we were met with well wishes of ‘F— the police’ and ‘Welcome to Nazi Germany from this group of ‘40-50-year-old ADULTS’.”

The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease was first officially identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of April 7th, more than 1,349,660 cases of COVID-19 have been officially confirmed but the actual number is thought to be much higher due to substantial under-reporting of cases.

With more than 74,816 people having died from the virus, COVID-19 has now spread into more than 180 other countries—including mainland Europe, South America and many more. Given the exponential growth in cases in countries like Italy, Spain, Germany, France and the UK, the WHO stated that Europe became the epicentre of the pandemic after the strict lockdown in China saw reduced numbers. Now, however, as the virus continues to spread aggressively across The United States—who have more confirmed cases than any other country—the epicentre of coronavirus is expected to be officially changed to North America.