Newark, NJ vs Newark, DE: What can you do in one that you can’t do in the other?

As more COVID-19 restrictions around the country are lifted, New Jersey seems to be at odds with other nearby states.

News 12 Staff

May 21, 2021, 5:29 PM

Updated 1,104 days ago

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Newark Mayor Ras Baraka signed an executive order requesting that large venues require guests to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
The order would impact places such as the Prudential Center and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and would apply to both indoor and outdoor venues. Gov. Phil Murphy is not yet mandating that venues have vaccination policies in place.
But as more COVID-19 restrictions around the country are lifted, New Jersey seems to be at odds with other nearby states. New Jersey and Hawaii are the only states still requiring fully vaccinated people to wear a mask indoors.
Nearby Delaware lifted its mask mandate Friday morning for fully vaccinated individuals. So while one must wear a mask indoors in Newark, New Jersey, 122 miles away in Newark, Delaware, the masks could come off.
But even with the mandate being lifted in Delaware, News 12 New Jersey found that many residents were still not comfortable enough to go maskless.
“I don’t want to be that guy who isn’t wearing their mask so early,” says Erin Unger.
“I think that’s the main thing, especially after being vaccinated. I shouldn’t have to, but there’s a stigma now of not wearing a mask,” says Jane Ganun.
Some said that wearing a mask is commonplace over a year after the pandemic began.
“If you see someone not [wearing a mask] its’s like shocking now,” says Kalya Peluso.
Restaurants in Newark, New Jersey and Newark, Delaware can each operate at 100% capacity. Social distancing is required in New Jersey restaurants but isn’t required in Delaware.
“Especially in a brick and mortar here and an old building where we are already small,” says Klondike Kate’s Restaurant and Saloon general manager Jaime Kelso. “There’s a lot of different types of beams that we have to have for structural and we can’t move them, so we have to work around them. [Social distancing] limited us a lot.”
Businesses in Delaware still have the right to ask customers to wear masks if they choose. Owners say that it is a hard decision.
“I’ve got a large enough store that I’ve never felt at capacity compared to like restaurants where they definitely can fill up,” says Cameras Etc. owner Dain Simons. “I will leave the sign up on my door, ‘Please wear a mask before coming in.’”
Anyone who is not fully vaccinated in New Jersey or Delaware must still wear a mask while indoors.


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