Newark Avenue, typically one of the liveliest and busiest streets in Jersey City, is almost completely empty in a drone video uploaded to YouTube earlier today in the midst of a statewide stay-at-home order to fight the spread of COVID-19.
The one-minute and 40-second second video, uploaded by Mingomatic, shows a number of aerial shots of the infamous Downtown thoroughfare looking uncharacteristically like a ghost town.
That’s also unlikely to change any time soon, given that the entire Garden State has closed non-essential businesses and urged travel only for emergencies, per an order from Gov. Phil Murphy (D) issued one week ago.
Furthermore, the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office said yesterday that they are imposing sanctions on anyone who violates these emergency orders, listing several dozen people that have already been charged – including three Jersey City teens.
More evidence that social distancing will continue to be a dominant theme in the weeks, if not months to come, is that President Donald Trump (R) said this morning that he’s considering a two-week quarantine of New York and New Jersey – the two state’s with the highest number of coronavirus patients – NJ Politico reported.
Trump made a major disaster declaration for New Jersey on Thursday and approved sending in the U.S. National Guard late last night.
Around 1 p.m., the New Jersey Department of Health announced that there are 11,124 confirmed coronavirus cases across the state, including 771 in Hudson County.