Party at Bridgeport employee's home under investigation

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Police in Trumbull are investigating a large gathering held over the weekend at the home of a Bridgeport city employee, authorities said.

Police responding to a report of a large number of cars in the area had the homeowner, Daniel Pizarro, break up the party to address the parking issue and to comply with pandemic-related restrictions on social gatherings, Trumbull Police Lt. Brian Weir told Hearst Connecticut Media. Weir said police are still looking into the matter "with anticipated further police action.”

Pizarro, who works for Bridgeport’s housing code office, said he was celebrating his 48th birthday with over 300 guests when police showed up around 1 a.m. Sunday.

An executive order from Gov. Ned Lamont limits private indoor and outdoor gatherings to 10 people. Private hosts could be charged $500, with guests penalized $250.

Rowena White, a spokesperson for Bridgeport’s mayor, said a couple of city employees attended the gathering and would need to quarantine and test negative for the virus before returning to work.

Pizarro said he thought Lamont’s orders applied only to “restaurants and stuff like that, not residential.” He said he did not have concerns about virus exposure at the party.

Pizarro was hired by Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim in 2016 and works as a project coordinator with the city’s housing code office.