Parts of Newark are under curfew due to a significant spike in coronavirus cases, the New Jersey city mayor said Tuesday.
The 135,000 or so people who live in three Newark hot spot zip codes are not allowed to go past 9:00 p.m. on weekdays and until 10:00 p.m. on weekends, “unless they are traveling to or from work or there is an emergency “until at least December 1st. said a statement from Mayor Ras Baraka’s office.
“Stricter measures are needed in the city’s hotspots to contain the virus and limit the spread,” said the mayor.
The zip codes tied to the curfew are: 07104, 07105, and 07107 which have recently had a higher virus positivity rate than the rest of the city.
The curfew will begin on Tuesday and will be enforced first with warnings and then with subpoenas, said the mayor’s office.
Citywide, indoor and outdoor gatherings are limited to 10 people, and all sporting events are canceled for a period of two weeks.
All shops that are not strictly necessary must close at 8:00 p.m. every day. At this time, restaurants and bars also have to close their office staff and the field staff at 11 p.m.
Visits are not allowed in long-term care facilities and only one non-essential visitor per unit per day is allowed in senior housing.
Attendance at church services is limited to 25 percent and no one is allowed to speak or sing without a mask.
“I know we are all tired, but the virus is not, so we must remain vigilant and do whatever is necessary to get this under control and save lives,” said Baraka.
The city – which on Monday reported 12,779 new positive COVID-19 cases and 677 deaths from the virus – will reassess the situation after December 1, the mayor said.
The strict prevention measures come after New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced new statewide restrictions on Monday.
This included that bars and restaurants must be closed until 10:00 p.m., and a ban on seats in bars from Thursday.
Baraka found that Newark’s 19 percent COVID-19 positivity rate was more than double that of Garden State’s 7.74 percent.
“Newark’s recipe is not the state’s recipe,” he said.