Newark puts entire city on shelter-in-place restrictions

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NEWARK — Newark Mayor Ras Baraka is placing the entire city under a “shelter-in-place” mandate beginning Wednesday night at 8 p.m. to start what he calls a more “muscular” enforcement against the spread of coronavirus.

The city-wide efforts come as New Jersey’s largest city has 123 positive cases of COVID-19. Baraka strongly advises people stay home and not come out unless it’s an emergency, with exceptions for going to the supermarket, local store for essentials, pharmacies, doctor visits, dog walks and to step out and get fresh air in front or in back of your residence. Essential employees are also excluded.

The order also says that children be accompanied by an adult and should only leave their homes in pairs. While out, they must maintain the CDC-recommended six feet apart from one another.

“We have to take this situation very, very seriously,” said Baraka. “The majority of our residents understand this and are following the rules. But some are not and continue to congregate on the streets and not maintain proper social distance.”

“Those people are putting their own health at risk, as well everyone they come into contact with. It’s dangerous and it has to stop.”

“We will continue to be out with loudspeakers moving people off the corners and streets,” said Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose. “We will begin with verbal warnings. We want to save lives, not make arrests.

New Jersey has a total of 4,402 positive coronavirus cases, second most in the country behind New York. As of Wednesday, 62 people have died.

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