JERSEY CITY, NJ - In an effort to minimize the spread of Covid-19, Mayor Steven Fulop announced that all City-sponsored events are canceled through March 20.
The cancellation Includes the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, a police graduation ceremony, and all “Sunshine” public meetings.
Fulop and city health and public safety officials said all nonessential city-sponsored and/or city-involved functions will be canceled for the next seven days as part of the proactive measures being put into place by the Administration to prevent the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus. The mandate takes effect beginning at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Additional guidance on the extension of cancellations will be given on a week-to-week basis. In addition, the city is giving clear requirements for non-city sponsored events to help limit the spread of the potentially deadly virus.
“We always want the city to be a leader and proactive in protecting our residents” Fulop said. “In this case, we are taking reasonable steps and giving clear direction to the community on expectations. We are asking our residents to help us in keeping our community safe.”
Additional measures enacted by the Administration to minimize potential impacts of the virus include:
- All city offices will be appointment-based only, walk-ins will be asked to schedule an appointment in order to be seen.
- Venues (restaurants, bars, etc.) that hold more than 25 people are being asked to maintain attendance in case of future need to track exposure.
“We are asking people to use judgment and to limit public gatherings, maintain personal hygiene, and stay home if you feel sick,” said Stacey Flanagan, Director of Health and Human Services.
To further the city’s efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus, a 24-hour hotline, as well as a dedicated website, has also been set up.
If you suspect you have been exposed to Covid-19 please self-quarantine and call: 201-547-5208.
To avoid overwhelming medical facilities, and if you believe you may be infected, city leaders said, residents are urged not to use public transportation to hospitals but rather call the hotline for further instruction.
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