Trenton Lifts Curfew, New UK COVID-19 Strain Detected In North Ward

View of the Delaware and downtown Trenton from Morrisville.

New Jersey’s Capital City is pulling back on its coronavirus restrictions.

Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora has lifted a 10 p.m. curfew for all businesses including restaurants and convenience stores. Only gas stations were exempt for the sole purpose of dispensing gas.

These restrictions were first announced back in mid-November and were originally set to last only three weeks.

First Lady Tammy Murphy, Governor Phil Murphy, and Mayor Reed Gusciora stand with two Art All Night visitors. Photo by Rick Rickman. June 2019.

Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora says the move is intended to follow state guidelines.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy issued an executive order last week lifting a similar statewide curfew for indoor dining. The order also increased indoor dining capacity limits from 25 percent to 35 percent.

“We intend to follow the state’s guidance and ease our restrictions on Trenton businesses,” said Gusciora. “However, we are doing all we can to maintain this progress by continuing vaccinations for first responders and high-risk residents, encouraging all Trentonians to register for future phases, and ensuring free testing for all city residents.”

Meantime, a new variant of COVID-19 has been detected in the North Ward.

A single person tested positive for the strain first detected in the United Kingdom. They have since tested negative and other members of their household are awaiting test results.

Dubbed B.1.1.7, the CDC says it “spreads more easily and quickly than other variants.”

“With the emergence of this variant in Trenton, we can’t think of a more important time to remind our residents to keep their guard up,” said Gusciora. “That means practicing social distancing, wearing your mask, and making sure to get tested if you have any symptoms.”

Trenton is offering free testing to residents at the MLK School at 401 Brunswick Ave this Tuesday and Friday. The site will be open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Those who show up should bring their insurance card, if they have one, and proof of residency.