HAWTHORNE, NJ - The first day of Spring arrived in Hawthorne on Thursday.  Friday, warm and mild, felt much like a Spring should, with the exception of the extraordinary circumstances of the time.  "Social distancing" along with extra attentive hand washing and sanitation are the recommendation of health authorities to help stymie the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.  While New Jersey is not (yet) in a mandatory house-binding lockdown, as is the case in Italy, some locals were seen outside taking the air.

"So many things are closed," TAPinto Hawthorne contributor Judy Kopitar said.  "The parking lots and streets may be empty but this terrible disease has not stopped spring from arriving, nor people from enjoying each other and the day.  Families are walking together and parents are playing with their children.  Strangers are greeting each other but mindful of staying at a safe distance."

Officials recommend maintaining a distance of at least six feet between individuals.  This is believed to be the approximate maximum distance of water droplets, the carrier of the virus, cast out by coughing or sneezing.

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