Newark, NJ – December 22, 2021 – Due to an increase in new COVID-19 cases and the infectivity associated with the Omicron variant, City buildings will be closed starting, today, Wednesday, December 22, until Monday, January 3. While the buildings are closed, maintenance staff will deep clean all facilities, to reduce the risk and potential exposure to the coronavirus.
During the time City buildings are closed, employees will work remotely. Public Safety Personnel, Health Department employees who administer vaccines and testing, Water and Sewer Utilities, and Department of Public Works will continue to report to their work assignments. Essential personnel as designated by department directors will activate according to department procedures. Police, fire, and uniformed agencies will be fully manned.
“We want to reassure you that our priority is the health and safety of our employees and citizens,” said Mayor Baraka. “City operations will continue, despite city buildings being closed for deep cleaning and sanitation. I urge all Newark residents to stay vigilant, and keep themselves safe.”
Those who need to make water and/or tax payments are advised to do so online at www.newarknj.gov or utilize the drop off box located at the entrance of Newark City Hall. Residents can contact the various departments for services needed by phone or email.
CITY OF NEWARK REMINDS RESIDENTS: ALL NON-UNIFORMED CITY SERVICES INCLUDING MUNICIPAL COURT WILL BE SUSPENDED IN OBSERVANCE OF CHRISTMAS ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 24
Additionally, City of Newark non-emergency municipal services will be suspended on Friday, December 24, for the observance of Christmas. Police, fire, other uniformed emergency services, and recycling will be unaffected. Curbside trash will not be picked up and street sweeping will not occur on December 24. However, trash pick-ups will resume on Monday, December 27. In addition, alternate side of the street parking will be suspended.
Municipal garbage will resume in Zone A on Monday, December 27. It will resume in Zone B on Tuesday morning, December 28. Residents must place their refuse at their curbs the evening before those days, and pick-ups will be made as regularly scheduled.
The Department of Health and Community Wellness’s inspection services and health clinic will not operate on Friday, December 24. In addition, the Bureau of Vital Statistics will be closed. Residents will not be able to apply for permits, birth certificates, name-change certificates, marriage licenses, nor pay water or tax bills at City Hall.
The Municipal Court will also be closed on Friday, December 24. However, a judge will be available to preside over bail hearings for defendants in custody, on Friday, December 24. Residents can make payments on parking and traffic tickets through the website www.njmcdirect.com. To utilize this website, residents will need their summons number, including the prefix, and the City of Newark’s court code, which is 0714.
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