HOBOKEN, NJ - Hoboken is issuing a new policy of self-isolation, effective at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 18, hMAG has reported.

According to the report all residents are required to stay at home except for essential needs such as the purchasing of food, care for a family member or friend, to get health care, or employment where remote work is not possible.

While travel for employment, shopping for food/supplies is still permitted, recreational travel is prohibited as are groups gathering of five or more.

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Activities such as running, jogging, bike-riding, walking, and other similar types of exercise are permitted under the new self-isolation policy, but only if social distancing of at least six feet is observed.

This order comes after Mayor Ravi Bhalla order bars closed and restaurants only permitted to operate through delivery and take-out service only.  Grocery stores, supermarkets, bodegas, banks, liquor stores, restaurants with food, pharmacies, and coffee shops will remain open until 8:00 p.m.

In a statement Bhalla warned that while Hoboken currently have five positive cases of COVID-19 “due to the lack of testing, this number will increase substantially.”

Bhalla lamented that despite the concerns and prognostications of public health professionals local bars “were packed to the brim,” on Saturday while large clusters of people were in public parks as recently as Monday. “It’s time to dig deep, and ask ourselves the question – have we done everything within our power to limit this spread, through our own actions, if our region suffers the way Italy has suffered? And the answer, so far, is no.”

“These proactive measures are designed to keep Hoboken safe, and will at the end of the day, save lives,” Bhalla concluded.

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