Newark to require residents to show proof of vaccination to enter certain establishments
The city of Newark will soon require residents to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination to enter certain establishments amid a spike in cases of the virus.
Mayor Ras Baraka announced that he will sign an executive order on Dec. 27 to put the rules into effect for anyone 5 years old and older.
The order will impact anyone who is attending a New Year’s Eve event or party at a public place in the city. They will be required to show proof of vaccination
“By Jan.10, persons entering a facility or business must show proof of at least one COVID-19 vaccination dose; and be fully vaccinated three weeks later,” officials say.
The order will impact a wide variety of establishments such as bars, restaurants, neighborhood clubs, breweries, concerts and sports venues, gyms, movie theaters and bowling alleys.
But certain facilities will be exempt from having to require proof of vaccination, such as houses of worship, grocery stores, pharmacies, or any retail establishment where “people tend to be in motion and not standing or seated in close proximity to others for long periods of time.”
Mayor Baraka already implemented an indoor mask mandate for public establishments.
The mayor announced on Wednesday that he tested positive for COVID-19.