We’ve been staying on top of the news, obsessively hitting refresh on every platform out there, analyzing data, talking to city officials and people in the community. The truth is, people are getting sick, this is not “just the flu” and we don’t believe the Jersey City is taking this as seriously as they should. The reason why there hasn’t been that many cases locally is because there are no tests available. People who have symptoms have been calling the hotline and with no luck. Also, some people might be carriers of the virus but have no symptoms. We do not wish to instill panic and fear in our readers but seeing what’s going on in Italy, Iran and what happened in China we implore you to take this seriously. Please.
We went out yesterday to get meds at the pharmacy and we were surprised to see people packing restaurants and bars, going about their daily lives as if nothing is happening. We can contain this.
As things develop, we strongly encourage everyone to practice Social Distancing. Stay Home as much as possible, order from your local food spot, buy business cards, support local people from home.
The city is currently working to enforce measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the area. As a result, there are a few changes going on in the city and some things people should be keep in mind.
Good Evening,Currently all our students and staff are fine and we do not have anyone positive with the COVID 19 virus….
The Jersey City Public School system has announced that schools will be closed the week of March 16th “to review risks and decide if [they] will remain closed another week.” On Friday, students were sent home with two weeks’ worth of assignments.
One major concern regarding school closures is the food – many students may rely on school breakfasts and lunches for their meals. Over the weekend, the Jersey City school district will announce where and when students can pick up meals at the schools closest to them. Keep up with their website for all updates.
Curfews and attendance at restaurants, bars
Establishments that serve alcohol – restaurants, bars, and clubs – will close at 10PM daily until further notice. Places that hold more than 25 people are also asked to maintain attendance as a precaution to track exposure, if need be.
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Businesses: if you price gouge, you will be held accountable. $10,000 first offense, $20,000 thereafter. Prices may not escalate more than 10% during states of emergency. Residents alerted us to gouging in Jersey City and JCPD responded. 🚨 🗽 Many summonses were issued and it appears the prices of these items (rubbing alcohol, cleaning wipes, and disinfectant spray) will resume. (Don’t miss the photo bomb by @stevenfulopjc.)
Unfortunately, there are businesses trying to take advantage of the current state of worry the community is in and raising their prices on basic needs. It is illegal to raise prices over 10% and the city is working to fix these issues. If you find that a local store is price gouging, contact the city.
Supporting small businesses
In a time where everyone is going out less, small businesses may suffer. If you can, support your local businesses – bodegas, clothing stores, restaurants, etc. – by shopping directly from them for your needs. Consider buying gift certificates/cards from restaurants and retailers to be used later, or order food to-go or for delivery from your favorite food spots to keep these businesses afloat.
and wash your hands.