Saturday, March 14, 2020

City: Curfew effective Monday 10:00 pm - 5:00 am

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Saturday March 14, 2020, 10:14 PM

City of Hoboken, NJ

Advisory: Statement from Mayor Bhalla on additional measures regarding COVID-19 on bars on restaurants

Below is a statement from Mayor Bhalla regarding additional measures on COVID-19 in Hoboken

The City of Hoboken is doing everything possible to advance social distancing, including preventing large gatherings anywhere in the City. The health and safety of residents is my number one priority.

In furtherance of this policy, and to continue enacting measures to protect the health and safety of residents by limiting clusters of people, the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has directed certain restrictions upon all restaurants and bars in Hoboken. Specifically, all bars and restaurant establishments, with and without a liquor license, are no longer permitted to serve food within the restaurant or bar.  If a bar does not currently offer food, they will no longer be permitted to operate and are no longer permitted to serve alcohol, effective March 15th at 11 am.  According to OEM, any bar or restaurant establishment that currently offers food service will be permitted to conduct food takeout and food delivery service only.

Additionally, OEM is implementing a city-wide daily curfew will in effect from 10 pm through 5 am, effective Monday, March 16th until further notice. During this curfew, all residents will be required to remain in their homes except for emergencies, or if you are required to work by your employer.

As I am writing this message on a Saturday evening, I received a call from our Police Chief Kenneth Ferrante notifying me of a bar fight in downtown Hoboken, with at least one person falling in and out of consciousness, and our police having to wait for over 30 minutes for an ambulance to arrive, because our EMS is inundated with service calls.  This is unfortunately a contributing factor why we cannot continue bar operations which can trigger calls for service that are delayed in part because of this public health crisis.

As I've mentioned before, these are extremely challenging times, and we are seeing a substantial uptick of positive COVID-19 cases throughout New Jersey and throughout the world. The time is now to enact proactive policies that will help save lives in the long run.  We’ve asked families with children to be a part of social distancing by closing our schools. We must all now do our part.

I completely recognize that these measures will result in substantial changes and inconveniences to our daily lives. However, these measures are being taken to save lives and protect our residents.  I strongly urge residents to continue to take every measure possible in order to practice social distancing, washing your hands, and sanitizing all surfaces.

Advisory: Mayor Bhalla and Office of Emergency Management announce additional proactive measures to protect Hoboken residents

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Saturday March 14, 2020, 2:08 PM

City of Hoboken, NJ

Below is a message from Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla:

In consultation with the Office of Emergency Management (OEM), we continue to take proactive steps to help limit the spread of COVID-19 within our community. To that end, OEM has made the decision to close gyms, all health clubs, day cares and movie theatres, which will take effect today, March 14. This is in addition to the closures of additional City facilities announced on Friday including City Hall (phone or email only), playgrounds, recreation centers, and ballfields. OEM has made attempts to contact all gyms and health clubs in Hoboken, some of which have already closed their facilities.

I completely recognize that these decisions will undoubtedly cause an inconvenience for residents and in most cases, alter our day to day lives. But, we have to take into account the very serious predictions outlined by health experts from across the United States and the world, that the spread of COVID-19 is much likely to get worse before it improves. This is the challenge we are living with on a daily basis, and while it is far from ideal, we’re doing everything we can now to protect the safety of our residents.

I greatly appreciate everyone’s cooperation and understanding during these unprecedented times. I strongly urge residents to continue to take every measure possible in order to practice social distancing, avoiding large gatherings, and washing your hands and sanitizing frequently.

Related: This is a podcast by award-winning journalist and former CBS investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson on the ChiCom-Wuhan Virus inside the United States: