CAMDEN, NJ — You can still grab a croissant and cappuccino to go in Camden County, but as of Wednesday evening self-serve is prohibited as part of efforts to mitigate the thread of COVID-19 locally.
In an amendment to its emergency declaration from Monday, employees must dispense all food and drink to customers at all convenience and grocery stores in the county.
“As this situation continues to evolve, we will continue to update our proactive mitigation measures as necessary to protect the public and stop the spread of this deadly virus,” said Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli. “In the past week, we have not seen people taking this threat seriously enough."
Today, the county announced four additional COVID-19 cases — including 3 residents from Cherry Hill and one from Pine Hill. The state's tally stands at 427.
Camden County has at least seven cases as of Wednesday afternoon.
The latest set of measures will also call for the closing of playgrounds, public bathrooms, and water fountain locations until further notice.
Parks will remain open as outdoor-only facilities during regular operating hours, the county said in a release.
"Crowded playgrounds and shoulder-to-shoulder lines pouring coffee at Wawa and 7/11 are not acceptable if we are going to get through this," Cappelli added. "We want to remind everyone that they should be staying home as much as they can and avoiding contact with others when possible.”
In hopes of addressing the public's concerns around COVID-19, the Freeholder Board also announced it will host a Facebook Live event Thursday at 3 p.m.
“We know you have questions about coronavirus, how your government is responding to the needs of the community, and what is being done to mitigate the spread of the disease in our community,” said Cappelli. “Unfortunately, we cannot host this conversation in person whilst adhering to CDC guidelines on social distancing and large gatherings."
"Fortunately, we have the infrastructure to gather virtually and hopefully in doing so, reduce some of the anxiety our residents face in this unprecedented moment in history," he added.