Baraka said the lockdown was effective in keeping people inside and away from large gatherings, helping to curb the spread of any new cases. It also dramatically lowered the positivity rate - in the Ironbound District it had soared as high as 50 percent.
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Along Broad Street in Downtown Newark on Friday on the final day of the lockdown, it was hard to tell what was open and what was not.
"People aren't sure - they don't even know that we're open. And just the regular foot traffic passing by is almost nonexistent," said store manager Saadiq Sly.
The hope is that on Saturday with the lockdown liftenm things will turn around.
Baraka said the lockdown served an important purpose in reminding people the virus was 'ver