Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka will sign an Executive Order today (Monday, Dec, 27) requiring proof of vaccination against COVID-19 for customers 5 years of age and older to enter certain establishments and facilities.
The timing is sure to have many scrambling as it will “commence by requiring anyone attending public New Year’s Eve events and parties to show proof of vaccination.”
By January 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.
“Newark’s latest three-day test positivity rate has spiked to 27.16 percent. Guided by this data, the City of Newark is taking firm and aggressive action to prevent its spread and protect our residents and workers. Newark will continue to meet the challenge of COVID-19 with determination,” Mayor Baraka said.
Establishments affected by this executive order must prominently post signage at their entrances notifying the public of the vaccination entry requirement (See the full list of establishments affected by Newark’s executive order below).
The Clairidge in Montclair is one establishment that already requires proof of vaccination to enter. Would you be more inclined to dine at Montclair restaurants or visit other establishments if the Township of Montclair required everyone who entered to show proof of vaccination?
Newark’s executive order applies to the following establishments:
Restaurants, bars, and nightclubs, including taverns, coffee shops and fast-food establishments that have seating
Breweries, wineries, and distillery tasting rooms
Indoor entertainment establishments, including nightclubs, hookah bars, pool and billiard halls, and cigar bars
Concert, and sporting venues
Indoor exercise and recreational establishments, including exercise facilities, dance, yoga, and Pilates studios
Any facilities used for group fitness classes
Indoor event and meeting establishments, including hotel common rooms, banquet halls, conference centers meeting facilities, convention centers, auditoriums
Shared work facilities
The following Newark establishments do not have to require proof of vaccination of its patrons:
Houses of worship
Grocery stores, farmer’s markets, and food service establishments providing charitable food services
Pharmacies, medical offices, urgent care centers, or hospitals
Hardware stores, and retail establishments where people tend to be in motion and not standing or seated in close proximity to others for long periods of time
Private meeting spaces in residences or office buildings
Governmental facilities; warming and cooling centers, day service facilities for homeless persons, shelters serving homeless persons or victims of domestic violence
Election polling places
Other facilities as exempted by the Department of Health