The group has occupied Military Park since mid-November. The city clerk’s office sent the group a letter on Tuesday telling them they would have to leave by 9 p.m. Thursday. Newark City Clerk Kenneth Louis says the eviction deadline has been extended until Saturday at 9 p.m.
The council adopted an ordinance in December giving the group permission to stay in the park.
Mayor Cory Booker this week said he hoped the Occupy protesters would respect the deadline.
“The city council has done something rare, changed laws to accommodate them,” he said. “So now the question is will the Occupy Newark people respect the residents of this city, because I do not want to be put in a position where I have to draw down police resources, sanitation resources and the like to remove the tents and the people who might be in violation of the curfew.”