Hoboken To Launch ‘Open Street’ Pilot Program On Jefferson Street

Hoboken City Hall.

Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla announced today the creation of an “open street” on Jefferson Street for the purpose of creating more space to promote social distancing this weekend. The opening will serve as a pilot, which if successful, could be repeated or expanded in the future. Jefferson Street between 3rd Street and 11th Street will be closed to vehicular traffic this Saturday and Sunday from 8 am until 8 pm, to provide pedestrians and cyclists room to maintain proper social distancing and alleviate overcrowding in other public spaces.

“We are pleased to open up Jefferson Street to Hoboken residents to help facilitate social distancing,” said Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla. “This space will help reduce the stress in our parks and waterfront, with the goal of making it safer for outdoor activity with the warmer weather. While we continue to advocate for residents to stay at home whenever practically possible, I recognize the mental health benefits of fresh air and outdoor space, and I’m confident this space will promote responsible outdoor activity.”

The Hoboken Police Department will be dedicating approximately five Traffic Control Officers (TCOs) to Jefferson Street, to assist residents who need to access their vehicles or enter their garages.

Congregation will be strictly prohibited, and face masks should be worn at all times.

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