Hoboken issues curfew, additional COVID-19 measures

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Posted at 10:49 PM, Mar 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-14 22:49:08-04

HOBOKEN, N.J. — The city of Hoboken has issued a curfew to advance social distancing during the coronavirus outbreak, Mayor Ravi Bhalla announced Saturday.

Hoboken is implementing a city-wide curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., effective Monday until further notice. Residents can only leave their homes for emergencies or if you are required to work.

The city is also ordering all bars and restaurants to allow for delivery and takeout only. If a bar does not offer food, it will no longer be permitted to operate or serve alcohol.

Bhalla referenced a bar fight that took place in Hoboken Saturday evening that saw a person fall in and out of consciousness. Bhalla, citing police chief Kenneth Ferrante, said the police had to wait over 30 minutes for an ambulance because EMS is "inundated with service calls."

Hoboken announced its first positive coronavirus case Friday.