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Hoboken mayor joins calls for protesters to get coronavirus tests

Posted at 9:44 AM, Jun 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-08 09:44:34-04

HOBOKEN, N.J. — Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla has joined a chorus of city and state officials across the country who are urging protesters to get tested for coronavirus.

Bhalla chatted with PIX11’s Dan Mannarino Monday morning about his efforts to get the word out about COVID-19 testing while encouraging protesters in Hoboken to continue to demonstrate peacefully.

“We had thousands of people come to Hoboken from all over New Jersey, thousands of residents come and join in solidarity to protest the murder of Geroge Floyd and to advocate for systemic reform of police departments and to correct racial justice,” Bhalla said of the city’s weekend demonstrations. “We marched, we spoke and hopefully we made our voices heard in a peaceful, nonviolent manner.”

The mayor said he plans to get tested for COVID-19 this week because he was in such close proximity to other protesters.

Bhalla also discussed his city’s reopening plans amid the coronavirus pandemic.