Underscoring that public health is the most important thing as Newark begins to reopen from COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, Mayor Ras J. Baraka met personally with business owners from the Ironbound District and the East Ward, all wearing masks and practicing social distancing, to discuss details of reopening phases and the importance of completing and filing required reopening applications.

The application, plus helpful guidelines, can be found on the Ironbound Business Improvement District (IBID) website at www.goironbound.com/newark-business-reopening- information-applications/.

The Mayor commended the Ironbound community for following health guidelines that have helped the city begin the reopening process and spoke from the heart regarding his concern for all Newark residents, including his own family. He also noted his concern about opening up businesses and restaurants without following appropriate clean and safe protocols.