Trenton mayor extends citywide COVID-19 curfew

TRENTON, NJ – Residents in Trenton, New Jersey continue to remain at a heightened risk of spreading and contracting COVID-19 after 10 pm, according to Mayor W. Reed Gusciora.  With that science in his hand, Gusciora today extended the city’s COVID-19 curfew until February 5th.

Gusciora today announced that the city COVID-19 restrictions that limit when businesses can stay open will now remain in place until Feb. 5, 2021, although restrictions have been eased on outdoor dining pursuant to related state guidelines.

“With widespread vaccination still some time away, the best defense against COVID-19 remains wearing a mask, social distancing, and getting tested if you have symptoms,” said Mayor W. Reed Gusciora. “While we cannot ease our COVID-19 restrictions until we assess the impact of holiday gatherings on Trenton infection rates, we will be making additional free testing available for Trenton residents next week.”

The City of Trenton has scheduled walk-up COVID-19 testing for Trenton residents on Jan. 12 and Jan. 15, 2021 at the Mott Elementary School on 45 Stokely Ave from 11:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m. There is no charge for testing but residents that have health insurance should bring their insurance cards. Residents must also provide some proof of Trenton residency. No registration is needed, and tests will be administered on a first-come-first-served basis.

Today’s amended order is the third extension for the restrictions that were originally scheduled to last until Dec. 5, 2020. Trenton has had a total of 6,112 COVID-19 cases and 83 related deaths to date.

Mayor Gusciora’s amended State of Emergency instructions are as follows, with a change for outdoor dining:

  • All Trenton businesses, including restaurants, bars and convenience stores must close at 10:00 p.m. daily. Gas stations may stay open only to dispense gas. This declaration does not affect “essential” businesses such as grocery stores, pharmacies, medical supply stores, and healthcare facilities.
  • Outdoor dining, takeout and delivery services may continue after 10:00 p.m. provided that no parties congregate inside or outside the establishment.
  • All city residents are encouraged to remain indoors after 10:00 p.m.
  • All city residents should wear masks and practice social distancing techniques as recommended by the CDC by avoiding large crowds, and, whenever possible, keeping six feet from other people.
  • All city residents are strongly encouraged to avoid indoor gatherings and not host visitors from states that are on the Governor’s travel advisory list.