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Jersey City Announces Curfew, Restrictions On Gatherings

WCBS Radio New York logo WCBS Radio New York 3/12/2020 Marla Diamond
Steven Fulop et al. posing for the camera © Provided by WCBS Radio New York NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Despite having no confirmed cases of coronavirus in the city, Jersey City has imposed restrictions on large gatherings, imposing curfews and asking banquet halls to track attendees.

Mayor Steven Fulop says that many restaurants along Newark Ave. turn into after hour night clubs on the weekend, which is why he's instituting curfews of 9 or 10 p.m.

"Those large, large venues end up being a destination place for people in Bergen County, New York City, and they're packed," Fulop told WCBS 880's Marla Diamond. "They bring in DJs, they're packed."

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Fulop said the measure are intended to curb large gatherings, but not place an undue burden on businesses.

"We're not going to be able to say to them, take attendance at the door, obviously." Fulop said. "Nor would that be reasonable. So we're just saying you know what, everybody says control environments like that, so we're trying our best to do that."

The city has also asked large banquet halls like the Liberty House and The Westin to track attendance at event so attendees can be contacted if someone gets a positive diagnosis.

Jersey City has cancelled is St. Patrick's Day Parade and city government has canceled or postponed any non-essential business.

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