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Jersey City mayor announces curfew on bars, nightclubs amid COVID-19 concerns

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Posted at 9:01 AM, Mar 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-12 23:02:19-04

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop announced the city is putting a curfew on bars and nightclubs in the city starting this weekend and through next week amid coronavirus concerns.

The mayor made the announcement in an interview with PIX11's Dan Mannarino just a day after announcing the cancellation of all city-sponsored and city-involved events.

"Those are uncontrolled environments," Fulop said. "The nightclubs and bars attract a lot of people and we classify that as uncontrolled.'"

"Restaurants we want to allow to stay open, we're kind of trying to find the balance," Fulop said.

While the mayor could not say a specific time the curfew will start, he said, "we're going through that right now. We're probably going to be looking at 9 or 10 o'clock."

During a Thursday morning news conference, Fulop and officials also said schools in the city are working on plans in the event that closures will be implemented. If a school closes, students will be given work to do. Schools are operating, but no visitors will be allowed to enter schools.

No one in Jersey City has tested positive for COVID-19, according to officials. Though there are no confirmed cases in the city, Fulop said he wants the city to be prepared.

A hotline has been set up for people to experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

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