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Newark, New Jersey reimposes curfew which sees all non-essential stores shut by 8pm as COVID surge

Newark, New Jersey is to reinstate a curfew from Tuesday evening in an effort to slow a second wave of coronavirus. 

All non-essential businesses will have to close from 8pm in an attempt to curbing the spread of the disease. 

Newark's test positivity rate is currently 11.2 % compared to the rest of the state at 5.28%. In the East Ward of the city, the positivity rate is greater than 25%. 

Under the new rules, only supermarkets, pharmacies, and gas stations will be allowed to remain open. 

There are also strict restrictions for other businesses; beauty salons, nail salons, and barbershops are only able to allowed to serve customers by appointment. Gyms and health clubs must close for half an hour every single hour for disinfecting.   

Newark is imposing a curfew for nonessential business and closing recreational facilities starting on Tuesday

Restaurants will have to end dining inside by 8pm but outdoor will be allowed to continue until 11pm.

Delivery and take out will be permitted but customers are not allowed to order insider. 

The locations will also be required to take the temperature of customers coming inside and ask them if they have been around anyone with COVID-19.

The restrictions will remain in place for two weeks until November 10th when officials will examine whether to relax the rules.    

'This is not the first time COVID-19 has threatened our city and its residents at this magnitude and once again, we will meet this challenge with determination and guided by data,' said city Mayor Ras Baraka. 

'We are Newark strong and can get through this together. We did it once before and we can do it again.'    

All sporting activities and games in parks are cancelled

The city is also discouraging all parties, indoor and outdoor festivals along with large family gatherings until further notice including Halloween celebrations and trick-or-treating in the city.

Newark is reporting a test positivity rate of around 11%,more than double the state's test positivity rate of just over 5%

Newark is home to New Jersey's largest public school district with in-person classes not expected to start until the new year. 

'Until, and even after, a vaccine is made available to every Newarker, the most potent immunization we will have available is a decision to take personal responsibility to obey and model the recommendations that keep us all safe,' said Dr. Mark Wade, Director of Health and Community Wellness for the City of Newark. 

'All of us will need each other to get us through as individuals, neighborhoods, communities and a city, and to save the lives of those we love the most, each other!'

As of Friday October 23, there were 10,041 COVID-19 cases and 673 deaths.   

The last time Newark’s numbers were this high was on May 23. 

People wait in a line to get tested for COVID-19 at an urgent care clinic in Newark, New Jersey, pictured on Monday.   Gov. Phil Murphy has once again signed an executive order to extend New Jersey's public health emergency, citing a steep increase in coronavirus cases in recent days

The latest figures show a second wave of infections while the number of deaths appear to remain steady

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