Authorities close some Newark businesses over violation of city's COVID-19 restrictions

Over the weekend, police in Newark busted a number of Halloween parties and closed businesses not following the latest guidelines.

News 12 Staff

Nov 2, 2020, 5:11 PM

Updated 1,330 days ago

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As coronavirus numbers continue to go up, so do the crackdowns on violations.
Over the weekend, police in Newark busted a number of Halloween parties and closed businesses not following the latest guidelines.
Just a week ago News 12 New Jersey reported on Mayor Ras Baraka issuing the executive order, after a rise in virus cases. Lit 21 is one of many bars and restaurants closed and cited for violating the order.
Per the order, indoor dining has to end at 8 p.m. and outdoor dining at 11 p.m. Only pickup and delivery service are available after that. Nonessential businesses must close at 8 p.m.
Newark's COVID-19 Task Force is enforcing the executive order. It's made up of members of the Newark Department of Public Safety and its Alcohol and Beverage Control and Code Enforcement. Representatives from the task force say the cited businesses placed a value on wealth and not on health. Baraka expressed the same feeling when he implemented the order last week.
"Some stores let people in, more than the capacity allowed, they allowed people to enter and move in out of stores without masks. People were having large gatherings in their homes, they're having events in their homes, and there's still people who are having parties," Baraka said.
The businesses who are alleged to have violated the order over the weekend, one of which included a warehouse party, were all cited and closed for violations ranging from no masks, no social distancing, being above capacity and more.
Lit 21 was closed and cited for being open after 8 p.m., with no mask enforcement, serving alcohol from the bar, and being over capacity.
Newark's executive order is still in effect and will be until further notice from the city.


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