NEWARK, NJ — Cutting off indoor dining and mandating that all non-essential businesses close their doors at 8 p.m. are part of the measures that began in Newark on Tuesday after the city confirmed more new COVID-19 cases on Sunday than all other Essex County municipalities combined.
During his COVID-19 press conference Monday afternoon, Gov. Phil Murphy said steps taken in Newark this week were similar to those in Ocean County and Lakewood in particular.
According to Murphy, Ocean County had been reporting more than 100 cases on a daily basis, but is currently hovering closer to the 60s due to concerted contact tracing efforts, more testing, stricter enforcement and partnerships with community leaders.
“That's a similar playbook—a different community, obviously, and different dimensions—but a similar playbook that we're working on with the mayor and his team in Newark,” said Murphy. “We've got a great partnership with Newark, and this is no exception…It won't be the last hot spot. I fear that we'll be [...] using that exact same playbook [elsewhere].”
Mayor Ras Barak said on Monday that beauty salons, nail salons and barbershops will be allowed to remain open through appointment only. Gyms and health clubs throughout the city will be forced to close for half an hour every hour for sanitization.
“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,” said Baraka. “We are 'Newark Strong' and can get through this together. We did it once before, and we can do it again.”
The city of Newark said it expects to determine next steps after Nov. 10.
The New Jersey Department of Health received 1,663 new positive test results and 14 confirmed COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday, pushing the statewide totals 231,331 cases and 14,517 lives lost.
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