Newark Extends Indoor Mask Mandate, Ends Proof of Vaccination for Certain Indoor Facilities

“The data shows that we are making tremendous progress," said Baraka. "Our three-day rolling average for the City of Newark is at 2.5%. We have not been here in a long time. However, we are not at the end of the pandemic, therefore we need to remain vigilant to stay on this path of progress. Continue wearing your masks and get vaccinated, as another form of protection.”

The new executive order comes after Baraka in December 2021 implemented a mandate requiring people visiting city public facilities to wear a face mask at all times while indoors. Face masks are still required at all times for people over the age of two-years-old while indoors at any public facility in the city. Additionally, all patrons must be seated at a bar and wear masks unless they are actually eating or drinking.

The city will evaluate the impact and effect of the executive order on the change in the positivity rate on Feb. 28.  

Here is a list of establishments that are no longer required to implement proof of vaccination, according to the city's executive order:

  • Restaurants, bars, and nightclubs, including taverns, coffee shops and fast-food establishments that have seating  
  • Breweries, wineries, and distillery tasting rooms  
  • Mixed-use facilities  
  • Food courts  
  • Indoor entertainment establishments, including nightclubs, hookah bars, pool and billiard halls, and cigar bars
  • Concert, and sporting venues  
  • Movie theaters  
  • Bowling alleys
  • Indoor exercise and recreational establishments, including exercise facilities, dance, yoga, and Pilates studios
  • Any facilities used for group fitness classes
  • Indoor event and meeting establishments, including hotel common rooms, banquet halls, conference centers meeting facilities, convention centers, auditoriums
  • Shared work facilities  
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published this page in News and Politics 2022-02-18 03:29:42 -0800