NEWARK, NJ — As residents of New Jersey’s largest city prepare to emerge from their long quarantine, they’ll begin to notice something new in their city: a plethora of red, yellow and green signs everywhere they go. 

Officials rolled out a phased reopening and recovery plan on Thursday, explaining that a color-coding system will be part of the city’s effort to educate residents on the continued risk of COVID-19 post-quarantine. Signs will be posted to indicate danger levels for activities, businesses and institutions. 

“We want our residents and our families to make informed decisions,” Mayor Ras Baraka said at a press conference Thursday. “Just like you go to the hotel and it says, ‘Lifeguards are not on duty,’ we want a sign in the window saying that there is a moderate chance you could get the virus if you go in here.” 

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For instance, the mayor said, red signs, which indicate a high risk level, will be posted in basketball courts because contact sports should not be played. 

Here’s what you should know about each of the colors and the precautions to take when you see them. 

RED: High Risk

  • Face coverings are mandatory and the use of gloves is strongly recommended
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Individuals with serious underlying health conditions including high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, asthma and low immune system should not be present. 
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer, especially after touching frequently used items or surfaces. 

YELLOW: Moderate Risk

  • Mandatory use of face coverings and the use of gloves are strongly recommended
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer, especially after coughing frequently used items or surfaces. 

GREEN: Low Risk

  • Face coverings are strongly recommended
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow
  • Avoid touching your face/ Avoid close contact with others
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer, especially after touching frequently used items or surfaces