As Newark, New Jersey, and residences around the country prepare to reopen, Mayor Ras Baraka is instructing non-essential retail business owners to submit applications in order to obtain a color-coded certificate to permit their reopening after the COVID-19 closure.
Applications to reopen businesses can be found online on the city’s website and can be immediately submitted—either via email, online, or in person at the Department of Economic and Housing Development in the City Hall.
Developed by the Newark Reopening and Recovery Strikeforce as a splice of the mayor’s multi-phased reopening and recovery method, the reopening requirements were created to ensure the public’s safety and well-being.
“If residents see a non-essential business open without a posted red, yellow or green certificate, they should walk away and report it,” Baraka stated. “We should spend our money only at businesses that care about protecting our lives and that are not just about making money. Our Reopening and Recovery Strikeforce created data-driven requirements and best practices that amplify state guidelines. The purpose of our guidelines is to inform, protect, and make sure the necessary precautions are being taken during these challenging times so that people can make the right decisions for themselves and their families.”
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