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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Health Emergency Curfew Imposed in Newark NJ

As the cases of coronavirus surge to record numbers, the City of Newark NJ is imposing a curfew and additional restrictions to curb the contagion of the coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2. Non-essential business are being asked to restrict their hours of operation and strengthen pandemic preparation activities to protect both their workers as well as the public at-large from the deadly and highly contagious virus.

The action comes immediately after the NJ Governor, Patrick Murthy, had extended the Statewide Health Emergency for yet another 30 days. That Executive Order  extended the recently enacted rebutable presumption law easing the process for  essential workers  to obtain workers’ compensation benefits. NJ workers’ compensation court remain in a virtual work activity mode. If the surge is not contained a statewide “lockdown” maybe reimposed. 

Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced today that the Administration is taking strong measures to address the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Newark, after reporting on Sunday that the City had more cases than all other municipalities in Essex County combined.

These measures include the closing of non-essential businesses nightly at 8 p.m., requiring restaurants and eateries to end dining-in at the same time, requiring beauty salons, nail salons, and barbershops to be open by appointment only, and gyms and health clubs to close for half an hour each hour for sanitizing. The measures will begin tomorrow, Tuesday, October 27. The City will then re-assess the situation after Tuesday, November 10, to determine the next steps.

Mayor Baraka shared that Newark will gain help from the State with access to rapid testing and more contact tracers, as well as a space for people to safely quarantine.

“This is not the first time COVID-19 has threatened our city and its residents at this magnitude and once again, we will meet this challenge with determination and guided by data,” Mayor Baraka said. “We are Newark strong and can get through this together. We did it once before and we can do it again.”

The following will be strictly enforced without exception:

• All stores except supermarkets, pharmacies, and gas stations will close at 8 p.m. every day. They will be allowed to deliver and take out with no indoor ordering or lines.

• All restaurants, bars, etc. must close their indoor service at 8 p.m. and outdoor service at 11 p.m. They must also take temperatures of all patrons coming inside and ask them have they been in touch with anyone with COVID-19.

• All barbershops, beauty parlors, nail salons, and related establishments must have appointments only and no waiting inside.

• All gyms must clean and sanitize for the first 30 minutes of each hour. During that time, people can stay inside or return after the cleaning. Everyone must wear masks.

• All indoor establishments must have sanitizer available.

• City Hall will be open by appointment only.

•The City will close all recreation centers to everything but school-related programs for essential employees.

• All sports activities and open park practices and games in the East Ward are canceled.

• The City is encouraging all employees to be tested immediately and periodically thereafter.

• Newark is discouraging all parties, indoor and outdoor festivals, and large family gatherings until further notice.

“Until, and even after, a vaccine is made available to every Newarker, the most potent immunization we will have available is a decision to take personal responsibility to obey and model the recommendations that keep us all safe,” said Dr. Mark Wade, Director of Health and Community Wellness for the City of Newark. “All of us will need each other to get us through as individuals, neighborhoods, communities and a city, and to save the lives of those we love the most, each other!”

The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Newark as of Friday, October 23, was 10,041, with 673 deaths.

On Sunday, October 18, Newark reported a test positivity rate of 11.2%, using a three-day rolling average, in comparison to New Jersey’s test positivity rate of 5.28%.

Based on testing information for Newark from October 11 to October 17, which counts each test, the city’s positivity rate is 11.8% and the highest rate has been determined to be in the East Ward (25.3% in zip code 07105). The city’s positivity rate has not been this high since the week ending May 23.

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Jon L. Gelman of Wayne NJ is the author of NJ Workers’ Compensation Law (West-Thomson-Reuters) and co-author of the national treatise, Modern Workers’ Compensation Law (West-Thomson-Reuters). For over 4 decades the Law Offices of Jon L Gelman  1.973.696.7900  has been representing injured workers and their families who have suffered occupational accidents and illnesses.

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