Not even a global pandemic was getting between these men and their golf.
Three men from Massachusetts were charged with violating Rhode Island governor Gina Raimando’s order, which calls for out-of-state residents to self-quarantine for two weeks if visiting the state for purposes not related to work in light of the coronavirus outbreak, after getting caught golfing together.
In a news release, Richmond, RI Police Chief Elwood Johnson said a local McDonald’s reported two cars with Massachusetts plates sitting in its parking lot on Wednesday afternoon. According to the Providence Journal, the caller told police the cars had been there for several hours and that three men removed golf clubs from the cars earlier before leaving in a car with Rhode Island plates.
“It’s not the most heinous offense, but the reality is that we’re living in a whole different world this month and it’s important we all follow the rules to keep one another safe,” Johnson said.
Police say they saw the three men return to unload their golf clubs from the Rhode Island vehicle at 3:15 p.m.
Gregory Corbett, 51, of Attleboro; Tyler Pietrzyk, 22, of Taunton; and Nye Cameron, 22, of Taunton, were charged with a petty misdemeanor, Johnson said.
The men were summoned to court on May 14. If convicted, they face a fine up to $500 or up to 90 days in jail. It was unclear if they had attorneys.
According to Johnson, Rhode Island has more non-residents playing golf on the state’s courses since Massachusetts banned the activity. Johnson said public golf courses in Richmond will now require golfers to present a valid Rhode Island identification.
— With AP
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