CBS2’s Andrea Grymes reported the warning on Thursday is guidance, not a mandate.READ MORE: Fireworks Honor Essential Workers As New York Lifts Most COVID Restrictions
“Our best advice would be to stay local. Stay within New Jersey. Make plans within New Jersey and try to avoid those hot spots, those areas where you could actually be unknowingly spreading COVID because you’re asymptomatic,” Mayor Bhalla said.
The mayor issued new guidance asking residents to avoid nonessential travel outside New Jersey.
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Hoboken officials said they’ve seen an uptick in COVID cases, specifically linked to people going to places like Florida, Mexico and northern ski resorts.READ MORE: New York Relaxes Most COVID-19 Restrictions After Reaching 70% Vaccination Rate; Cuomo: 'A Momentous Day'
They report 716 total COVID cases in January and 605 in February, so far. There is a 15% to 20% increase in cases linked to out of state travel.
Residents had mixed reactions to the new guidance.
“I think it makes sense. Got to curb the spread,” said Nicholas Thome.
“Obviously, it’s going to be hard for some people, but it’s definitely understandable,” said Nikolas Aslanian.
“I think the only way to get out of all this is to just keep staying home and keep doing what we can to not be traveling. I don’t think it’s possible, though. I don’t think people will listen,” said Prairie Broughton.MORE NEWS: Nearly 900 Expired COVID Vaccine Doses Administered At New York City Site
The mayor said indoor gatherings and social get-togethers remain the primary sources of infections in Hoboken.