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Hoboken orders customers to wear face covers at essential businesses

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Posted at 9:46 PM, Apr 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-04 21:46:16-04

HOBOKEN, N.J. — The city of Hoboken wants anyone walking into an essential business to wear face covers, including customers.

Mayor Ravi Bhalla says the city is following recommendations similar to those issued by the CDC to wear a face cover when out in public.

"We continue to strongly recommend face covers for whenever a resident is outside his or her home," he said in an e-mail to people from the city.

The city office of emergency management says that the shields should be worn at supermarkets, pharmacies and all restaurants and food establishments, Face covers can include a bandana or scarf, or similar material. Face masks are also permitted, however N95 masks and other PPE are urged to be left for medical professionals and first responders.

"Wearing a face cover does not at all negate the need for social distancing," said Bhalla. "Even when wearing a face cover, social distancing should be observed everywhere at all times, as recommended by the CDC, especially given that those who are asymptomatic could very well be carrying the virus."

Hoboken has 184 positive coronavirus cases as of Saturday.