Baraka has also banned all visits to long term care facilities and limited indoor gatherings to no more than 10 people. The restrictions are in addition to earlier steps Baraka took two weeks ago, ordering an 8 p.m. curfew for non-essential businesses, when the city’s positivity rate was 11%. These measures go much further than any issued by Gov. Phil Murphy, who has so far resisted broader lockdown measures amid the second wave of the virus. On Monday, Murphy ordered indoor dining to stop by 10 p.m. and banned any seating at indoor bars. Murphy also banned all indoor interstate sports, starting Thursday. “We really should be closing the stores down completely and I’m going to have a conversation with the governor,” said Baraka, who is a close ally of fellow Democrat Murphy. “This is not other towns, we have to run faster than the state, full steam ahead.” Newark recorded 446 new cases on Wednesday and Baraka said almost 700 residents—including six police officers—have died from COVID-19 since March. The city’s population hovers around 280,000. University Hospital in Newark said it’s also seeing an increase in hospitalized patients, with numbers tripling in just two weeks.