NEWARK, NJ — Newark officials will close streets leading into the East Ward of the city on Friday and Saturday nights in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
According to the Newark Public Safety Department, the street closures will take place from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.
“Residents who live in the affected area, namely zip code 07105, will be allowed to travel to address essential needs,” officials said. “Proof of area residency or proof that an essential need is being addressed will be required.”
TRAFFIC ADVISORY - East Ward Street Closures Announced to Control COVID-19 Spread https://t.co/9psjf77qHz via @Nextdoor pic.twitter.com/ykjqQUh3Jb
— Dept. Public Safety (@NewarkNJPolice) November 19, 2020
The area was one of several Newark neighborhoods recently targeted for nighttime curfews due to rising COVID-19 case numbers. There is currently a 9 p.m. weekday and 10 p.m. weekend curfew in effect for the following areas of the city:
In 07104, the boundaries are 7th Avenue to 2nd Avenue and from Broadway to Clifton Avenue
In 07105, this is the entire area, not including the airport or the highways
In 07107, the boundaries are 3rd Avenue North to Berkley Avenue. North 3rd Street to 11th Street
Other recent COVID crackdowns in Newark affect sports, large gatherings, visitation in senior housing, religious services and local businesses.
See related article: Newark Puts Several Neighborhoods Under Coronavirus Curfews
Mayor Ras Baraka asked residents to "stay at home" for a 10-day period over the Thanksgiving holiday to help slow the spread of the virus.
See related article: Newark Mayor Wants People To 'Stay At Home' Because Of COVID-19
We cannot let up now. We are still in a pandemic. The win is up to US!Make sure you continue wearing your mask ,washing your hands with soap ,and practicing social distance pic.twitter.com/8zG5FGToxA
— City of Newark (@CityofNewarkNJ) November 19, 2020
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