Newark’s vaccine mandate for businesses will last until February

NEWARK, NJ – The Newark coronavirus vaccine mandate for businesses began on Monday. It will last at least until February 1, when city officials plan to review its “impact and effectiveness.”

The city requires all customers 5 years and older to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccine to enter many restaurants, stores and other businesses. The order went into effect on December 31 for New Year’s Eve events; local businesses still had 10 days to prepare for the next phase of the mandate.

There are some exceptions, including places of worship, grocery stores, doctor’s offices, and “retail establishments where people tend to be on the move” such as hardware stores. Consult the list of companies concerned here.

“We know that the vaccine is another form of protection and while it does not prevent someone from contracting the virus, it can prevent you from being hospitalized,” Baraka said. “We will continue to be data driven and will continue to do what is necessary to prevent further spread to protect the people of Newark, those who work here and who visit.”

The establishments concerned by the decree must install signs at their entrances informing the public of the obligation to enter in terms of vaccination.

Under the ordinance, face masks are also required at all times for all residents and visitors over the age of 2 inside any public facility in the City of Newark. Additionally, all customers should be seated in a bar and wear masks unless they are actually eating or drinking.

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