JERSEY CITY, NJ — Jersey City has announced that they are the first municipality in the nation to deploy a new piece of technology that will tell you whether it’s safe for you to enter a public building.
The new touchless devices, called GoSafe Scanners, have been installed at the entrances of 16 city buildings and recreational facilities, including a city pool and ice rink. They will also be deployed to city police and fire departments.
“This is the new normal,” said Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop. “One of the big changes is going to be how we treat visitors to city hall, municipal buildings, police stations, and firehouses to protect the public and also our employees.”
Officials demonstrated how the devices work inside the Jersey City municipal court building, where up to 1,000 people may walk in per day and where over 150 employees work.
Jersey City employees will return to work full-time next week.
“What we’re trying to do is get out in front of reopening,” said Jersey City Emergency Management Director Greg Kierce.
Mayor Fulop said that your temperature and facial scan will not be stored or used in anyway by the city, other than an on-the-spot check to prevent someone sick from coming in.
Anyone with a temperature or not wearing a mask will be asked to leave municipal buildings, but will also be given information about coronavirus symptoms and testing locations in the area.