NEWARK — Amid Mayor Ras Baraka's stricter citywide 'shelter-in-place' order, Newark police officers are now blasting public service announcements from their squad cars to let residents know about the dangers of the coronavirus.
“Attention attention all citizens of the city of Newark, you are reminded of the social distance awareness policy of 6-feet," stated one officer as he made rounds near the 5th precinct today.
So far, police have only had to issue one summons against a liquor store that was not maintaining a shopping distance of 6-feet for customers.
"Our officers are out there to educate as many people as they can," said Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose.
A total of 123 Newarkers have tested positive for coronavirus and 2 have died.
A total of five Newark police department officers have tested positive for the virus and 135 are currently out on quarantine or feeling ill with flu-like symptoms.
Newark's mayor is spearheading a grant program to support local businesses in the city and others in need. The city will start accepting applications from businesses with 10 employees or less on March 30th. They’ve allocated a total of $6 million to help.
“The aide will help small businesses almost crushed by this coronavirus,” Baraka said on a call with reporters Thursday.
You can apply here.
An informational webinar on the program will be held tomorrow at 1 p.m. Small businesses can register here.