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Halloween Party Organizer Charged With Violating Health Order

Nov 20, 2020, 10:46 PM

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LEHI, Utah – The organizer of a Halloween party has been charged with a Class B misdemeanor for violating the state public health order that was in effect at the time, according to Lehi City officials.

“(The) Lehi City Police Department responded to a nuisance complaint of an organized event located at a commercial building on Halloween night,” officials said. “The officers were able to disperse the crowd and shut down the party without incident. At the time of contact the event organizer was cooperating with law enforcement officers.”

Following an investigation, officials said the case was submitted to the Lehi City Prosecutor for potential charges against the event organizer and the property owner.

“Slowing the spread of COVID-19 takes the entire community: law enforcement, public health, elected officials and individuals. Lehi City made an important decision to enforce a public health order,” said Joe Dougherty, spokesperson for Unified Command. “Under the public health order, event hosts are required to have attendees wear masks and stay at least six feet apart from people not of their household. Our hospitals are getting overcrowded. And we will soon see degraded healthcare for people who need it most.”

The event organizer was also charged with a nuisance violation and disorderly conduct violation. The property owner has been charged with a nuisance violation, fire code violation and health order violation.

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Halloween Party Organizer Charged With Violating Health Order