HOBOKEN, NJ—Hoboken looks to test out the “open street” concept this weekend, in an effort to create more space to promote social distancing. The trial program will see Jefferson Street between 3rd Street and 11th Street closed to cars and opened to pedestrians and bicycles this Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.

“We are pleased to open up Jefferson Street to Hoboken residents to help facilitate social distancing,” said Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla. “This space will help reduce the stress in our parks and waterfront, with the goal of making it safer for outdoor activity with the warmer weather. While we continue to advocate for residents to stay at home whenever practically possible, I recognize the mental health benefits of fresh air and outdoor space, and I’m confident this space will promote responsible outdoor activity.”

Five Traffic Control Officers (TCOs) from the Hoboken Police Department will be on hand to assist residents who need to access their vehicles or enter their garages.

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The goal is to offer pedestrians and cyclists room to maintain proper social distancing and alleviate overcrowding in other public spaces. Congregating will be strictly prohibited, and face masks should be worn at all times.

If successful, the program could be repeated or expanded in the future.

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