To answer the threat of the coronavirus outbreak, Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced measures including a mandatory 8 p.m. curfew beginning tonight, March 18. Also starting at that time, all non-essential businesses must close by 8 p.m. Both measures, as well as the accompanying rules, will be in effect until further notice, and City Hall services are now available to Newark residents by appointment only.
A full list of the new regulations, from Newark Public Radio WBGO-FM:
- Curfew is mandatory after 8 p.m., unless there’s an emergency or you are coming from/going to work.
- All non-essential stores that do not sell food, medical supplies, prescriptions, gas, or household goods must close by 8 p.m. tonight and not reopen until further notice. This includes retail stores, nail salons, beauty salons, and barber shops.
- Only supermarkets, pharmacies, and gas stations are allowed to be open beyond 8 p.m., but patronizing there after 8 p.m. for emergencies only.
- Restaurants are allowed to remain open for take-out and delivery services only, but must close by 8 p.m. daily. No dining in allowed.
- City Hall is staffed at minimal levels and open to residents by appointment only for an indefinite period. To make an appointment, please call the usual numbers of the departments whose services are being sought or the Non-Emergency Call Center at 973-733-4311.
Baraka announced that authorities will enforce compliance.