FAIR LAWN, NJ - It may seem redundant, but no less true. COVID-19 is once again the culprit in the cancellation of another borough event, albeit a scaled-down event.
The Borough Council canceled the "reverse" parade of lights on December 6 in Memorial Park.
"I hate to be reporting this," Borough Manager Jim Van Kruiningen said to the council during Dec. 1's work session.
The council consensus was to agree with the borough manager and cancel the drive-through only show that would have featured emergency light-decorated vehicles for residents to enjoy.
Gov. Phil Murphy had mandated gatherings of no more than 25 to take effect on December 7, and now, that number has been further reduced to 10, according to council members.
"I agree, the numbers don't lie," Mayor Kurt Peluso said of Van Kruiningen's remarks explaining why he felt it necessary to cancel the holiday event. The borough had already canceled the tree lighting at borough hall which draws hundreds of residents and their families.
The borough manager said there were 102 active coronavirus-19 cases as of 5 p.m. this evening, a mark that made Van Kruiningen uneasy.
"I was using the 100-case mark," he said of what would trigger cancellations and building shutdowns.
Furthermore, Van Kruiningen said he is shutting down borough hall to all but appointments only. "This does not mean a workforce reduction," he said. "We need to control the amount of people coming in and out of borough hall."
And that goes for the Library, as well, which will return to curbside pickup shortly.
The tree lighting at borough hall will be on Friday, Dec. 4, with no public invited. The lights will simply flick on, which again, is a damper on all things public because of COVID-19.