UPDATED: Union City to enforce 10 p.m. curfew, bars, daycares, and municipal court closing

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The City of Union City is following Hoboken’s lead by implementing a 10 p.m. curfew, with bars to cease operations as of that time this evening, with bars, daycares, and municipal court, all closing as part of ongoing coronavirus precautions.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“As a precaution, we are attempting to take all measures to ensure that the public’s health, safety and welfare are the first priority. At this time, we have no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Union City, but we are working around the clock to institute safety measures such as closing schools and restricting exposure,” Mayor Brian Stack said in a statement.

“The situation is changing daily and restrictions and closures are subject to change, but if anyone needs assistance, please contact me or my office.”

In addition to the aforementioned changes, recreation and senior activities are cancelled through March 20th, the parking authority is extending all permits about to expire by 30 days, and asking City Hall to visited by the public only for emergencies.

This evening, city spokeswoman Erin Knoedler said that a 10 p.m. business curfew was being made effective immediately.

“Union City has implemented a business curfew of 10 PM effective immediately. Pharmacies, gas stations, drive-thru restaurants and restaurants with delivery only,” she tweeted.

Yesterday, Hoboken became the first city in the country to announce a 10 p.m. curfew and shutter bars, shortly after Jersey City implemented a 10 p.m. shutdown on nightclubs and other establishments with liquor licenses.

Currently, Hudson County’s total of announced positive coronavirus cases is up to seven: three in Hoboken, three in Jersey City, and one in West New York.

Hoboken announced two new cases this morning, while Jersey City announced another case shortly thereafter.
However, the New Jersey Department of Health’s COVID-19 dashboard, updated minutes ago, says there are 11 confirmed cases in Hudson County.
No other municipalities have released information on any new cases yet.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated with new information.