JERSEY CITY, NJ - Councilman James Solomon has given an update on Jersey City’s continued fight against COVID-19, including regarding new rules on gatherings, appointment-free testing opportunities, and the opening of Hamilton and Van Vorst Parks.

On Friday, Governor Murphy updated his own Executive Orders to permit outdoor gatherings of 25 people, Solomon shared, while indoor gatherings must remain at 10 people or less. Social distancing remains the norm and wearing face coverings while outdoors remains highly recommended. 

In-person bicycle and car sales are now permitted.

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“Governor Murphy also outlined his high-level reopening plan, with stages for when businesses and activities will restart and the metrics he will monitor to determine his decisions,” Solomon said. Following Murphy’s announcement Mayor Steven Fulop shared his own plan for reopening local businesses which includes testing for all employees and expanded outdoor seating. 

When it comes to testing for Jersey City residents, Solomon shared, the walk-up test site at 465 Marin Blvd will no longer require appointments. Jersey City residents can walk up for COVID-19 testing Monday & Wednesday, 8 to 11:30 a.m. and antibody testing 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Proof of Jersey City residence is required. To date, 6,703 residents have tested positive for COVID-19, according to city records.

Those who believe they have been exposed should still call their own healthcare provider or the Jersey City COVID-19 hotline at 201-547-5208 before seeking a test.

While parking regulations are back in effect, free, off-street parking is available at Old Colony Parking Lot, Brunswick School, and 235 Pavonia and all local children can, regardless of which they normally attend, can continue to pick up free meals at any public school between 9:00 a.m. and noon Monday through Friday.

Hamilton Park and Van Forst Park have joined the list of those reopening to passive recreation while Farmers Markets at Grove Street (HDSID), Paulus Hook, and Van Vorst have relaunched with the Hamilton Park Farmers Market opening Wednesday, June 3rd for pre-orders and pick-ups only.

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