HOBOKEN, NJ — Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla announced in a message Sunday that the city has revised its indoor mask mandate in relation to fitness-related businesses like gyms and yoga studios. The mayor said fully vaccinated guests can become mask-free as long as: A) the company requires its employees to be fully vaccinated, and B) the company specifically allows vaccinated guests to unmask themselves, but still requires masks for unvaccinated individuals.
“This decision was made to provide an additional level of flexibility based on feedback on the executive order,” Bhalla said, “as well as contact tracing, which suggests infections are rare in gyms.”
Bhalla wrote in his COVID update on Sunday:
“As an update to the Face Mask Executive Order: Gyms, fitness centers, yoga studios, cycling studios and other health clubs that require vaccinations for all employees and guests, or a face mask for those who are not vaccinated, are exempt from the current face mask mask requirement for stores in Indoors If these facilities do not require vaccination or a face mask for the unvaccinated, face masks are required for all visitors regardless of vaccination status when social distancing of at least two meters or more is not possible. “
Bhalla added: “Thank you to companies like Fit Foundry for practicing strict social distancing and requiring face masks for those who are not vaccinated, and Prime Cycle for requiring all customers to be fully vaccinated to help keep our community safe. ”
Also in the update, Bhalla released updated vaccination statistics for the Mile Square city, noting that 95 percent of Hoboken residents ages 12 and older have received at least the first dose of a COVID vaccine.