After 24 people were arrested last night on charges of breaking into stores, Jersey City has imposed a city-wide curfew on pedestrians and all businesses overnight, officials said today.
"We have to provide for the welfare and safety of all our residents" during the recovery from Hurricane Sandy, Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy said. "This limitation will assist us in achieving this goal."
Pedestrians must be off the streets in all areas of the city from 7 p.m. tonight until 7 a.m. tomorrow, Jersey City spokesman Stan Eason said. All businesses in the city must be closed during that period, Eason said.
Originally, businesses with power were allowed to operate during their normal hours. Under the new curfew policy being implemented tonight, "all" businesses must be closed without exception, Eason said.
As much as 75 percent of the city has been without power since Monday. PSE&G officials said that power is expected to be fully restored by Monday, Nov. 5.
An update tonight said 65% of the city is without power - so 10% have gotten their power back.
The city is still really dark.
It's eerie out there.
The lone open Starbuck's closed for the curfew.
Shop Rite closed.
It's a lockdown.
Feels a little like Mad Max.
But on the third night without power and water, I get it.
We'll see how long the power holds here.
But I want to repeat, I am eminently grateful for all that I have tonight.