Hoboken institutes indoor mask mandate as cases soar

Hoboken has instituted an indoor mask mandate that will go into effect on Wednesday.

Hoboken has instituted an indoor mask mandate as COVID-19 cases soar in the city and the greater region.

The mandate, which will go into effect on Wednesday morning, requires everyone over the age of two to wear a mask indoors in public or commercial buildings, except when eating or drinking.

“We are today taking additional steps to help curb the spread of the Omicron variant in Hoboken,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla, who himself tested positive for COVID on Christmas. “With cases at an all-time high, we need to revert back to one of the tools that we know works – a face mask.”

The order comes as the city deals with a surge in cases and Hudson County sees record numbers being recorded. Hoboken saw the biggest peak in cases in recent months with 189 cases on Dec. 23, with a seven day average of about 127 cases on that day. Hudson County saw a record number of 1,687 cases recorded on Christmas Eve.

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