Man arrested in Bayonne in face mask dust-up

Noel Villot, 58, was behaving erratically after being denied service for not wearing a face covering

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, state guidelines on reopening require residents to wear masks or face coverings indoors, even while entering eateries and restaurants to pick up food orders.

However, as the virus spreads, so does the movement against wearing masks.

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In Bayonne, a man was denied service at a local McDonald’s for not wearing a face covering. As a result, he allegedly caused a commotion that led to his arrest.

According to police, Noel Villot, 58, was taken into custody at approximately 7:10 p.m. from McDonald’s at 537 Broadway for behaving erratically after being denied service for not wearing a face covering, police said.

Responding officers arrived and ordered him to leave the restaurant, per the manager’s wishes.

Villot allegedly became aggressive and began yelling obscenities at the officers and employees, causing patrons to become alarmed, according to authorities.

After refusing the officers’ commands to cease his incendiary behavior, he was taken into custody.

Villot, from Brooklyn, was charged with disorderly conduct.

On July 8, Gov. Phil Murphy expanded the mandate by requiring masks be worn by residents while outdoors due to the rising rate of transmission of COVID-19 in New Jersey.

According to the CDC, studies have shown that masks or face coverings help prevent the spread of the virus.

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