Newark recommends banning ‘non-essential’ public gatherings for 30 days

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka announced Thursday that, due to growing concerns about COVID-19 and the health and safety of the people of Newark, he is advising that all non-essential public gatherings be canceled for the next 30 days, according to a release.

The release also said Baraka’s State of the City address, originally scheduled for next Monday, has been postponed for at least 30 days.

According to the release, a “non-essential group event” is defined as a gathering of 250 people or more for social, cultural or entertainment events where people are not separated by physical space of at least 4 feet. This includes all festivals and parades.

Scheduling for all events will be reassessed at the end of this period, the release said.