In an interview today with television’s PIX11, Jersey City mayor Steven Fulop said the city will have a curfew, because of the coronavirus threat, starting this weekend.
This follows the announcement, yesterday, of a temporary suspension of all city-sponsored events.
“We’re just taking very proactive steps; it’s uncharted territory, and there’s a lot of uncertainty around testing, time to get the virus, how it contracts between different people,” said Fulop.
“We’re trying to be as aggressive as possible. Yesterday, we announced that we’re cancelling all city events for the next week, and then we’ll take it week by week. We’re trying to make sure that large events that aren’t city-sanctioned, or with city involvement, have an attendance record, because Health and Human Services for the city is required to track people and involvement, if somebody is contaminated, and then we’re going to be putting curfews on nightclubs for the weekend and for the next week, because those are uncontrolled environments. You just walk through the logic of it: There’s a lot of conversations around controlled environments. By that I mean schools. I mean workplace environments. And you know who’s in and out of those. The nightclubs, and the bars, attract a lot of people. We classified that as uncontrolled.”
Regarding what time the curfew will be, he said, “We’re going through that right now. We’re probably going to be looking at either 9 or 10 o’clock. So, restaurants, we want to allow to stay open. We’re trying to find a balance. But when things get a little bit more crowded, densely populated, and we’re attracting people from a lot of other towns … we want to limit that.
“Everything that we read, and all the guidance we get is to limit social interactions. And so we’re trying our best to put restrictions around that.”
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