HOBOKEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Masks are already mandated in New Jersey, but one city is taking it a step further, saying if you don’t wear one outside where you can’t social distance, you could face a fine.

Walk on Washington Street in Hoboken and you’ll see some wearing masks and others not, but for Mara McGowan masking up is simple.

“It’s not just for me, it’s for them too,” McGown told CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis.

Face coverings are already required inside establishments, but now the city is considering an ordinance to fine $250 to those who do not wear one outside and in places they can’t stay six feet apart.

“In places you can’t social distance, yeah I agree with that, like the waterfront,” said McGowan.

“Fining people, ehhh, a little extreme,” said Ray Graglia of Rutherford.

“I just think it’s gonna be unenforceable and I think it’s too much,” said a Hoboken resident named Chris.

Hoboken City Councilman Phil Cohen said the city has been monitoring mask usage in public spaces and there are concerns.

“A lot of visitors on Washington Street, a lot of visitors on the waterfront are jut not complying,” said Cohen.


Mimicking Governor Phil Murphy’s mask mandate, this wouldn’t apply in situations such as sitting in a park with family, working out or outdoor dining, as long as you keep away from others. But, when you’re walking down the street, you can’t guarantee it. Cohen said education and warning would come before summonses are handed out.

“I think once people start getting warnings, realizing there are financial consequences to not wearing a mask, that compliance will increase and that really is the goal here,” said Cohen.

“Trying to enforce this mask rule is gonna be very, very difficult. If someone’s wearing their mask this way, does that constitute a fine?” said Michael Russo of the Hoboken City Council.

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Councilman Russo said although the city council unanimously passed the measure in its first reading, that won’t be the case the second time around. He plans to vote it down.

“I agree with the use of masks. However, this ordinance I think is a little bit too far,” said Russo.

The public can still comment virtually next Wednesday. If the city council passes the law, it would need the mayor’s signature and a spokesperson said he is on board.

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Comments (10)
  1. Edmond Day says:

    POICE STATE!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Johnny Kay says:

    Masks do not help protect from COVID-19 — it even says that on the box (seriously, on the box) — but wearing a mask for any length of time does increase the risk of bacterial and viral infections, respiratory distress, and a cascade of cognitive and inflammatory damage from a disrupted oxygen/carbon dioxide balance.

    I ask anyone who has worn a mask for any length of time to answer these questions honestly: How does the mask make you feel? Does it make breathing easier, or harder? Do you get a stuffy nose less frequently with the mask, or more frequently? Do you touch your face — a transmission vector for germs — less frequently with the mask, or more frequently?

    Masks are a symbol of submission, of mindless obedience to arbitrary rules — a pledge of allegiance to the official narrative of the coronavirus “pandemic” promoted by the government and the corporate media: “See, I’m a loyal American! I’m doing what I’m told! I’m not asking any questions!”

    The international corporate elite that runs things behind the scenes has taken an illness whose real effect is no more dangerous than the common flu (and probably far less so) and turned it into an excuse for an enormous expansion of government power and an enormous redistribution of resources — literally, trillions of dollars — from the citizens to the corporate elite.

    We have been lied to every step of the way.

    1. Robert S says:

      do not listen to this russian troll. wearing a mask is as American as you can get.
      masks do not influence oxygen levels or any other nonsense spouted by this nutjob.
      trust science, not internet trolls.

      1. Glenn Festog says:

        Google “epidemiologists say masks don’t work” before believing the aforementioned.

  3. Greg says:

    Why focus on something that has little impact on transmission. Only makes people less likely to help where it matters. Penny wise, pound foolish proposal.

  4. RandyLee says:

    the biggest concern is being ignored by nearly everyone…and that is how did millions of americans become so stupid as to believe this mask crapola?? we used to be a smart and intelligent country. now we’re so stupid we believe every piece of nonsense that comes out of the mouths of so called experts who flip flop on their beliefs, depending on what agenda the left wants to promote that day.

    1. Glenn Festog says:

      “Fear Porn” is to blame.

  5. guestman12321 says:

    if they are tourists how could you possibly enforce payment…. id just leave, not pay, and then never go back

    1. nuthinuffin says:

      we were going to visit my nephew, his wife and their new baby this fall, but that’s out because of tyrant Murphy and his jackboot mentality. i saw the writing on the wall in nj 18 years ago and left for Florida. now i laugh at my friends who constantly complain about government restrictions , just mentioning that they elect these overlords and bring it upon themselves.

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