NEWARK, NJ – After Newark’s local lockdown officially ended, the city released a new restaurant and gathering rulebook on Friday outlining the restrictions for a winter of uncertainty.

Mayor Ras Baraka issued a 10-day lockdown recommendation from November 25 to December 4, allowing take-out restaurants and strict curfews in the city’s COVID-19 hotspots. The city said 53 companies had been shut down for violating the state’s executive order, but did not answer questions about the violations or the location of the companies.

“I would like to thank the vast majority of Newark residents and businesses who worked with our lockdown, which began the day before Thanksgiving and ended today,” Mayor Baraka said. We anticipate further declines when we have data from the full shutdown. “

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City officials hail the shutdown as “effective” in reducing the number of people infected with COVID-19. Previously, Newark’s positivity rate in the East Ward was above 21% and 50%, but has now been lowered to 17%.

“We also doubled our testing efforts over the period and are encouraged by the number of people tested. This is evidence that Newark residents are following our words to continue to take this disease very, very seriously,” said Baraka. “Despite a few runaway companies cited for violations, the entire city values ​​the sacrifices of residents and businesses who continue to do their civic duty to keep everyone safe.”

The guidelines are as follows:


– Tents and canopies are allowed to dine outside after November 30th, provided they meet the snow conditions from December 5th to March 31st, 2021.

– Businesses must hold a permit for tents, and a UCC permit is also required for electrical equipment, wiring or mechanical equipment.

– Tents that have already been set up must be inspected to ensure that winter conditions and snow loads are complied with.

– Alternative tents such as domes, igloos and huts are allowed for outdoor dining subject to restrictions. While they don’t require UCC approval, they are limited to less than 120 square feet.

-The fire brigade must approve all temporary outdoor heating.

-Seating is limited to a maximum of eight customers per table, unless they come from an immediate family or the same household.

– Random inspections are carried out by Code Enforcement


– If an employee tests positive for the virus and is in contact with the company, the facility must be closed for at least two days. The shop must be free for the first 24 hours after the mandatory closing and on the second day it must be cleaned.


-All non-essential shops must be closed at 8 p.m. on weekdays and at 9 p.m. on weekends. All outdoor meals end at 9:00 p.m. each day. Take-out and delivery can continue daily until 11 p.m.

– A mandatory curfew at 9 p.m. will continue to be imposed on weekdays and at 10 p.m. on weekends in postcodes 07105 and 07104.


– No parties or holiday parades are approved by the city.

– Meetings and events are limited to a maximum of 10 people, excluding restrictions on initial customization rights.