PATERSON, NJ - The Paterson Police Department has launched a COVID Compliance Unit, city officials announced Thursday.

According to a statement the unit, which launched Wednesday night and responded to 40 calls that resulted in the shutdown of four businesses, will run seven days a week and respond to field calls for those that are violating Governor Murphy’s “stay at home” order.

The unit will handle calls dealing with group congregations not maintaining social distancing, loitering, and non-essential businesses that are open. 

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“Our residents must be aware of our new normal of social distancing. We are setting these lifesaving guidelines for their safety and it is best for them to stay home,” said Mayor Andre Sayegh. “We are taking a zero tolerance approach to protect Patersonians during this pandemic, their health and safety is my priority.” 

The task force is being tracked and coded for data to assist in identifying hotspots throughout the city and is working together with the ABC unit to maintain law and order. 

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