Some Hoboken businesses will have patrons sign in and out to bolster COVID contract tracing

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Effective Friday, some Hoboken businesses will have patrons sign in and out to bolster contract tracing efforts related to the COVID-19 pandemic, officials said this afternoon.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“I’m extremely appreciative to the majority of businesses for taking the necessary health precautions to keep both their employees and customers safe. It has been a very challenging time for our small business owners, but above all else I know they care about the health and safety of our community,” Mayor Ravi Bhalla said in a statement.

“Despite these best efforts, unfortunately the Hoboken Health Department has reported an uptick in employees of local businesses, including bars and restaurants, testing positive for COVID-19.”

An order signed by the city’s office of emergency management says that businesses including restaurants, bars, gyms, wellness establishments, fitness studios, salons, and health clubs will be required to record contact information and time of arrival of customers.

Additionally, information collected by the business will only be shared with the Hoboken Health Department in the event of a positive COVID-19 case, and will only be utilized for contact tracing purposes.  

The new requirement is not required for take-out or delivery services, grocery stores, bodegas, retail stores, dry cleaners, or any situation where a customer is not in a prolonged contact with other patrons or employees.

Businesses can confidentially notify the Hoboken Health Department of an employee testing positive for COVID-19 by emailing healthdepartment@hobokennj.gov

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