As coronavirus cases continue to rise in New Jersey and elsewhere, Trenton is going back to a curfew.

“It’s clear the second wave is here and has hit the Capital City especially hard,” said Mayor Reed Gusciora.

Beginning Monday, Nov. 16, all businesses in the capital must close at 10 p.m. The only exception is for gas stations to operate gas pumps.

Restaurants and drive-thru businesses may offer pick-up or delivery through 11 p.m. However, individuals are not allowed to gather inside or outside.

Additionally, the City is asking all residents to stay indoors past 10 p.m.

“While we believe these new restrictions will help, we won’t get past this crisis unless our residents wear their masks and practice social distancing,” said Gusciora. “No more excuses about COVID-19 fatigue: the virus never gets tired, and neither should our residents and businesses when it comes to keeping this city safe.”

Thanksgiving is also on the chopping block this year for Trenton instead of the turkey.

“All City residents are strongly encouraged not to have large family gatherings
on Thanksgiving,” a declaration from the Mayor’s Office said. Residents should especially avoid hosting visitors from states on the NJ travel advisory list.

These restrictions are a revised version of a curfew from this past April. Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora signed the extension Friday.

Graphic via Trenton Mayor’s Office.

Trenton has 4,598 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of last week, according to the Mayor’s Office. 80 deaths in the city are attributed to the virus.

The Capital City also has a higher rate of transmission than the New Jersey average. While Trenton is seeing 44.2 cases per 100,000 people, the state’s rate is 29.3. It appears the spike started in mid October.