Thursday, April 02,2020 12:35 PM

On March 16, 2020, Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced the following measures to address the threat of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the City of Newark:

  • Police, fire, sanitation, healthcare, WIC, homeless services, water, and lead service line replacement services will continue to function normally.
  • City Hall will be staffed at minimal levels and open to residents by appointment only for an indefinite period. To make an appointment, please call the usual numbers of the departments whose services are being sought or the Non-Emergency Call Center at (973) 733-4311.
  • All public, private, and parochial schools are closed indefinitely.
  • Non-essential businesses must close by 8 p.m.daily, effective today. This does not apply to medical facilities, drug stores, gas stations, or grocery stores.
  • Restaurants can only be open for take-out and delivery services. No dining in at all and they must close by 8 p.m.
  • All City senior and recreation centers will be closed.
  • All gyms, movie houses, bars, and theaters will be closed per Governor Murphy’s Executive Order.
  • Senior residential buildings will not accept visitors.
  • No one should be on the road or outside beyond 8 p.m. unless it’s an emergency; only essential or emergency travel.
  • Crowds of more than 50 people are banned.

It is also important for everyone to know the signs and practice prevention tips as those provided by the NJDOH.

For more information on updates and travel, please visit:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

New Jersey Department of Health:

City of Newark:

New Jersey Poison Information and Education System (NJPIES) 24/7 Hotline


With regard to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), Newark residents may fill out their Census 2020 forms on-line at: They can respond easily, whether online, over the phone or by U.S. mail—all without having to meet a census taker.

The United States Constitution mandates that the exact population of the nation be counted every 10 years for apportioning Congressional districts and other purposes, including allocation of federal aid based on population. The Department of Commerce is tasked with this endeavor.

Print guides for the Census are available in 59 languages at: