BRIDGEPORT — Police and health department officials will begin enforcing the 8 p.m. shutdown of bodegas, variety stores and other still-open businesses on Wednesday.

“I call it ramp up and clamp down,” Mayor Joe Ganim said Monday during his daily briefing. “There’s going to be increased police presence and patrols using lights and public address systems ... We will disrupt people gathering-in, we will disrupt the overflow of people coming in (to the parks) from out of town.”

The mayor said police and health officials are particularly going to enforce the shutdown for businesses now “staying open until 1, 2, 3 o’clock in the morning. That’s going to stop.”

Beginning Wednesday, he said, in addition to a greater police presence and city personnel to enforce closures and disperse groups, there will be signage at intersections and exit ramps urging people to stay home.

The mayor said a “the level of inconsistency still exists” of people going out, using the closed parks, playgrounds and congregating near bodegas and variety stores.

“There’s no one out there saying it’s good to gather in a large group, its good to be within six feet of each other, its good to ignore and be out and about. No one is saying that in the medical community,” Ganim said. “This is a national crisis. It’s a call to action.”

The mayor said the next two to three weeks are going to be critical.

“If you have anything to do between now and Wednesday, get it done,” the mayor said.

Ganim said Bridgeport has been staying relatively ahead of the curve in terms of COVID-19 infections. As of Monday, he said there were 196 confirmed cases with three deaths.

The mayor said he engaged in a lengthy call Sunday with hospital and health care leaders.

He said the local healthcare professionals have requested at least 10 more ventilators and N95, KN95 and surgical style face masks.

“We’re putting a call out to anyone who has them,” he said. “If you have them and you can help our hospitals, we will facilitate getting them to them through our emergency management office.”

He also urged anyone who knows how more ventilators can be acquired to contact his office.

At this time, he said, Bridgeport Hospital is using about 48 percent of its 501 beds and St. Vincent’s Medical Center is using about 48 percent of its 473 beds.

The mayor said he is working to have a citywide prayer on Thursday.

He also reminded parents that beginning Friday, there will be no more Board of Education personnel distributing teaching materials since that will mark the start of a weeklong April vacation. Grab-and-Go meals will not be distributed on Friday.