On Friday, November 13, 2020, Mayor Reed Gusciora announced new restrictions for business owners and residents of Trenton as cases of COVID-19 increase in the city.
“It is critically important that when we see cases rise throughout our city, county and state that we are extremely cautious and we social distance, wear masks and limit indoor gatherings as much as possible,” said Dr. Kemi Alli, Chief Executive Officer of the Henry J. Austin Health Center. “If not, our path will follow sister states such as North and South Dakota, and Montana which are currently in dire straits.”
Transmission rates in Trenton have doubled each of the last three weeks. Trenton’s transmission rate is currently 44.2 cases per 100,000 people, which exceeds both the state and county rates at 29.3 and 28.9, respectively. The city has had a total of 4,598 COVID-19 cases with 80 related deaths.
To combat the increase, Mayor Gusciora amended the State of Emergency declaration to include five new instructions.
Starting today, November 16, 2020, all Trenton businesses, including restaurants, bars and grocery stores must close at 10 p.m. daily. Gas stations may stay open only to dispense gas.
Restaurants and drive-through businesses may be open for pickup or delivery until 11 p.m., provided that no parties are allowed to congregate inside or outside of the establishment.
In addition, all city residents are encouraged to remain indoors after 10 p.m. All city residents should wear masks and practice social distancing techniques as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by avoiding large crowds, and, whenever possible, keeping a distance of six feet from other people.
Despite the occasion, all city residents are strongly encouraged to refrain from having a large family gathering on Thanksgiving and to avoid hosting visitors from states that are on the Governor’s travel advisory list.
“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 Mayor 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.”
These new restrictions apply until December 5, 2020.