HOBOKEN, N.J. (WCBS 880) — Hoboken's mayor has issued a new self-isolation policy which begins Wednesday at 9.a.m.
"Whether you feel sick or not, all residents should immediately begin self-isolating at home," Mayor Ravi Bhalla wrote in a letter to residents.
The order would be similar to the one issued in several San Francisco Bay-area counties that requires nearly 7 million residents to stay home unless they are seeking medical care, obtaining food or fulfilling job responsibilities in "essential" businesses.
The mayor of Hoboken Ravinder Bhalla has also restricted public crowds to five people or less in an attempt to help slow the spread of COVID-19.Essential businesses can stay open until 8 p.m., but non-essential businesses will close. The city's restaurant and bars will still have take-out and delivery options available.
He is also encouraging for places of worship to halt services.
Bhalla said activities such as running, jogging and biking are still allowed, as long as the social distancing policy of six feet of separation is followed."We have a responsibility to one another ... we must do everything we can, and we must do it now," Bhalla said in a Tuesday afternoon press conference. "I shutter at the thought of what we could've done ... before our region becomes the next Italy before its too late. It would be the mistake of our generation."
Although Bhalla doesn't expect "100 percent" of the city to follow the policy, he says there will not be people arrested if they don't follow the guidelines.