Jersey City cancels city-sponsored events

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All city-sponsored events will be canceled until March 20, according to an announcement by Mayor Steven Fulop and city health and public safety officials.

All nonessential city-sponsored and/or city-involved functions will be canceled for the next seven days as part of the city’s proactive measures to prevent the spread of the highly contagious Covid-19.

The mandate began at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11.

Cancelations include the St Patrick’s Day Parade, Police Graduation Ceremony, and all “Sunshine” Public Meetings.

Additional guidance on the extension of cancellations will be given on a week-to-week basis, according to the city, which is issuing clear guidelines for non-city-sponsored events to help limit the spread of Covid-19.

“We always want the city to be a leader and proactive in protecting our residents,” Fulop said. “In this case, we are taking reasonable steps and giving clear direction to the community on expectations. We are asking our resident to help us in keeping our community safe.”

To minimize the impact of the virus, the city is requiring all city offices hold meetings by appointment only. Walk-ins will be asked to schedule appointments. All venues, including bars and restaurants, which hold more than 25 people, are being asked to maintain attendance lists in case of the need to track exposure.

At the Jersey City Council meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11, attendees were required to sign in at the front door by providing names, addresses, and phone numbers.

“We are asking people to use judgment and to limit public gathering, maintain personal hygiene, and stay home if you feel sick,” said the city’s Director of Health and Human Services Stacey Flanigan.

The city established a 24-hour hotline on Tuesday.

If you suspect you have been exposed to Covid-19, self-quarantine and call 201-547-5208.

To avoid overburdening medical facilities, those who believe they are infected are asked not to use public transportation to get to hospitals. Instead, call the hotline first, which will tell you where and how to go.

For more information and continuous updates, visit the city’s dedicated webpage www.jcnj.org/coronavirus.