Newark Going through New Restrictions, Partial Curfew In Bid To Sluggish COVID Unfold – CBS New York
NEWARK, NJ (CBSNewYork) – Much of New Jersey is facing lockdown.
Newark residents are told to stay home starting next week to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
As reported by CBS2’s John Dias, New Jersey’s largest city is now preparing for a Thanksgiving Day like no other: In Lockdown.
“I know you want to have fun, but this is not the time for fun. We have to stay focused, we have to do the right thing, ”said Mayor Ras Baraka.
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All Newark residents are now being asked to stay home for 10 days from November 25th through December 4th, essentially asking people not to go outside unless they have to.
“We want people to seek protection. We want to be able to do this for 10 days and we only want people to come out for essential purposes. We want that, ”said Baraka.
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Starting Friday evening there will be a new curfew in the East Ward neighborhood in Newark’s Ironbound section.
The curfew consists of three zip codes and city-wide, non-essential stores must close at 8 p.m. every evening.
“We need that because we have too many cases here, we have to be careful,” said Odalma Lisser, a Newark resident. “People don’t listen.”
From Friday at 8 p.m. to Saturday at 3 a.m. and then again overnight on Saturday, people are only allowed to cross the area if they can provide proof of residence and prove that they are engaged in a substantial activity.
“There are a lot of people on the weekends,” said a woman named Marie.
Police cars blasted memories as they drove around on Friday.
“Due to an increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases in your area, a 9pm curfew has been introduced,” the reminder read.
An impending lockdown means more uncertainty for companies.
Diago Pina is the head chef at Sagres Bar and Grill in the East Ward.
“We’re losing a lot of business and with a lockdown it gets complicated because we have a small business,” said Pina Nick Caloway of CBS2.
Orlando Campos has already closed its Sabor Unido restaurant early every evening because the city has taken strict measures. He is concerned and wondering how many more companies can hold out.
“Another shutdown for 10 days, some of them won’t survive,” said Campos.
It comes from the fact that the city continues to see a staggering surge in infections and the positivity rate has soared to 22%.
As of Thursday, the Garden State reported more than 4,300 new cases and 34 more deaths.
Nationwide hospital stays are also increasing rapidly and have more than doubled since November 1st.
“I think we are now realizing what we would have discovered in February and March if we had had tests for COVID-19, if we had been aware of COVID-19. So I fear that this is a foreword to yet another overwhelming increase in cases in hospitals, ”said Dr. Shereef Elnahal, President and CEO of Newark University Hospital.
At the Holy Name Medical Center, Suraj Saggar, chief of infectious disease, says they are much better equipped with supplies and knowledge of the disease compared to spring.
“That time was almost like a wild wild west, you know, a war scenario,” Saggar told CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis. “Right now we feel a lot more in control, but we still have the idea that if the numbers hit a breaking point, things can quickly get out of hand.”
He asks you not to abandon your guard as colder weather forces us inside.
“This virus doesn’t know it’s Thanksgiving or Christmas or Hanukkah, it just knows that it needs to reproduce in a host and that it is us,” Saggar said.
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Governor Phil Murphy warned the next few months will be “brutal” and said further restrictions were possible.
“We will take further steps next week. If we see a broadcast, we’ll make it, ”Murphy said.
“They have to do what they have to do to keep people safe,” said Kevin Campbell, a Hoboken resident.
Starting Friday in Hoboken, the mayor will tighten the rules on tracing contacts with certain businesses, including restaurants, gyms and salons. You now need to record customer contact information and arrival time.
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“We’re ready to do whatever it takes. Just don’t close us,” said Nick Brando, owner of Mr. L Hair Creations.
Brando says they have been doing this since they reopened, as well as temperature controls and chair wiping between each customer.
“If it means doing a little more, it’s worth it,” he said.
Fast-service businesses like retail stores and cafes don’t need to take the extra steps of contact tracing, but many say they will if they have to.
“It’s a great thing. It could really track the virus in the right direction, ”said Luca Infantino of Alessios Cafe.
The mayor’s office ensures that information collected by companies is only shared with the Hoboken Health Department in the event of a positive COVID-19 case.
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