Hoboken OEM requires essential business workers, customers to wear a face cover

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The Hoboken Office of Emergency Management has issued a directive requiring essential business workers, as well as their customers, to wear a face cover.

Health care workers from the Riverside Medical Group at the COVID-19 testing site in Hoboken. Facebook photo.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“I, Sgt. William Montanez, Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Hoboken, in order to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the people of the City do hereby order that all essential workers wear a mask or other cloth type facial guard covering their mouth and nose and wear gloves while performing their job functions,” last night’s order says.

“BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that all people entering an essential retail store must
wear a mask or other cloth type facial guard covering their mouth and nose while they
are in the retail store.”

The directive also encourages all members of the public to do the same, though that recommendation is still not mandatory.

In a statement, Mayor Ravi Bhalla also indicated that there are 17 new COVID-19 patients from yesterday, bringing the city’s total to 184.

Yesterday, the New Jersey Department of Health declared that there are 34,124 cases of the coronavirus in New Jersey, including 3,491 cases in Hudson County – along with 78 deaths, both the third most in the state by county.