Following Hoboken’s lead — in which City Hall and the Hoboken OEM had closed restaurants, fitness centers, daycares and more on Saturday, March 14 — Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop has closed bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, malls, gyms, fitness centers, and more.
According to his Facebook page, Mayor Fulop writes,
“Yesterday evening we had our 4th positive case and we recognize where this can trend if we don’t get ahead of it.
We were the first in the country (last week) to implement any restrictions on any sort establishments in the city and being that social distancing is the best solution we will be expanding our limitations to different establishments.
This morning we are taking the steps via executive order to expand our restrictions that were implemented last week.
Effective noon today the following establishments will be closed:
– bars and nightclubs that do not serve food
– movie theaters performance centers, malls
– gyms, fitness centers, barber shops, day care centers, nail salons, non urgent medical offices including, dental offices, physical therapy clinics, chiropractor offices, and all state licensed cosmetology establishments.
The following restrictions will also apply:
All restaurants are prohibited from providing dine-in services but will be allowed to do to take-out, delivery, drive-through
These restrictions do not apply too:
– grocery stores, cafeterias within nursing homes or similar facilities.”
We will update this order as we know more.
What to Do If You’re Feeling Sick
The New Jersey Department of Health urges that anyone who feels sick should stay home. Symptoms of the Coronavirus include:
- Shortness of breath
All of the symptoms can occur within two to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Additionally, Jersey City has set up a 24-hour hotline. If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, call 201-547-5208 before going to a medical facility, according to the City of Jersey City website.
“Clinical presentation of confirmed cases of COVID-19 have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. Symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. It is important to reiterate that at this time, the CDC maintains that for the general American public, the immediate health risk from coronavirus is considered low,” the website states.
“If you are experiencing symptoms following possible exposure to COVID-19, seek medical care as soon as possible. Remember to call ahead and tell the healthcare provider’s office about your recent travel, symptoms, and concerns. Please also avoid close contact with others while ill and avoid travel.”