GLEN ROCK, NJ - Mayor Kristine Morieko updated the borough with a reverse 911 call, reassuring residents that as of March 16, Glen Rock has zero, "0", confirmed positive cases of coronavirus. But, this status could change hour to hour.
"To be clear, as of today we still have zero confirmed positive cases," Mayor Morieko said. "However, as this is an ever evolving situation – we cannot assume this will not change. The Borough Office of Emergency Management has been on top of every development for weeks, and I thank them for their commitment and fortitude."
"Gov. Phil Murphy issued an executive order at 2 p.m. today which affected the entire state," Morieko said. "At 5 pm today, County Executive Jim Tedesco issued Order 2020-1B which applies to the County. Locally, here are the effects on residents:
1) Effective tomorrow, March 17, all rear yard garbage pick up is suspended. Please bring your garbage to the curb until further notice.
2) Bulk pickup, Wednesday, March 18, is canceled.
1. Effective tomorrow, Borough Hall will be closed to the public. Please use whatever online capabilities you have or call for an emergent situation.
2. All overnight parking restrictions are suspended.
1) All fire inspections are suspended; all building inspections are suspended unless otherwise emergent.
1) All borough play grounds and tennis courts are CLOSED to the public – as are all school playgrounds and fields. There has been an increase in the population converging upon these locations which is in direct contrast to the purpose of social distancing. Our playgrounds have surfaces which can hold this virus. Effective immediately they are closed.
2) The Dog Park is closed to the public.
The County Executive issued Order 2020-1B, effective tomorrow at 11 pm: ALL businesses shall be closed. This does not affect grocery stores, pharmacies; restaurant take out, healthcare, banks, gas stations and other essential operations. All malls will close. All health clubs, gyms, are closed until further notice. We encourage you to order from our local restaurants offering take out.
LASTLY, no groups of more than 4 people, other than family members shall assemble in public at any time until further notice. A curfew is imposed between 8 pm and 7 am for all public outdoor activities.
"This may seem extraordinary measures, but we are in extraordinary times," Morieko said.
"I know that as a community, we want the very best for each other. While we have no known cases, we cannot predict for how much longer. Please check on your elderly or otherwise compromised neighbors. Ask if they need help getting supplies. PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING and continue to be the amazing community that I know we are. When times are rough, we always pull through, together," Morieko said.