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FAIR LAWN & GLEN ROCK, NJ - From borough government, to schools, to community gathering places, things have been shut down temporarily. The world has hit the pause button.
If you've checked your email inbox in the last 30 minutes, you've probably received messages about conducting virtual meetings, shutting down networking events, and "social distancing", staying away from other people so contamination is reduced.
Whether you agree or not, the government on all levels, along with college and professional sports, has decided to close down for two weeks.
What we know
There are no known or confirmed cases in Fair Lawn or Glen Rock as of midday Friday, March 13.
Among 1 million residents in Bergen County, there are 13 cases in the following towns and 50 cases in the state of New Jersey:
- Englewood – 4 cases
- Fort Lee – 1 case
- Bergenfield – 2 cases
- Teaneck – 5 cases
- Little Ferry – 1 case (Patient Deceased)
Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco declared a State of Emergency in the county earlier this week and has closed all public facilities for a two-week period.
County officials closed the Bergen County Technical Schools and the Bergen County Special Services Schools which affects approximately 3,600 students and 1,600 teachers and administrators.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, but the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus and maintain the recommended hygiene habits, including regular hand washing, according to county officials.
Fair Lawn officials recently found out that one of these individuals from another Bergen County town spent time in Fair Lawn, but has not been in Fair Lawn since March 4. This individual was at a private residence in Fair Lawn where he had contact with two individuals and neither have exhibited any symptoms.
"For the health, safety and welfare of our entire community and for precautionary, protective and preventive measures, effective Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 22, the Borough will be closing, suspending or canceling the following:
- The Fair Lawn Senior Center will be closed.
- The Fair Lawn Public Library will be closed.
- The Fair Lawn Community Center will be closed.
- The Mini-Bus service will be suspended.
- Municipal Court is canceled on Wednesday, March 18.
- All large scale gatherings or special events will be canceled.
- All non-essential Borough committee and commission meetings are canceled.
- The Borough’s maintenance and custodial staff continues to sanitize and disinfect common areas throughout municipal facilities with increased frequency.
- All facilities will open and activities will commence on Monday, March 23 unless the Borough needs to take further preemptive measures which may include additional or extended closures as the COVID-19 threat is assessed. These measures are solely to preserve the health, safety and welfare of the entire community."
Fair Lawn Schools, as part of the Bergen County directive, will be closed through March 31. According to Superintendent Nicholas Norcia, distance learning through computers and online access will commence with instructions beginning, Monday, March 16.
- Public schools are closed Friday, March 13 through March 27.
- As of Friday, March 13 at 5:30 pm, the library will close for the next two weeks.
- All meetings, events and recreational activities have been postponed during these next two weeks including, but not limited to, the March 25 work session and public meeting of the Mayor and Council, and the March 26 Budget meeting.
- This is out of abundance of caution regarding the COVID-19 epidemic. After two weeks we will reassess the situation. We urge residents to limit social interactions and practice social distancing.
- This is not a quarantine, but a best practice to assist our community as we navigate the ever-changing effects of this virus.
- We would like to stress that the Borough is fully prepared and working together with all County and State offices. Our first priority is the safety and well-being of our residents.
Glen Rock business, Bergen IT, emailed its customers offering assistance: "How we work, educate, and entertain in this country is being dramatically challenged right now. Businesses, organizations, and schools nationwide are shutting their doors. But work isn't stopping. Large numbers of employees, business owners, entrepreneurs, students, and family members suddenly have been reassigned to work and learn from home." Bergen IT works with locals to find answers for computer and internet issues.
Another Glen Rock business, Curious Reader, emailed its constituents as well: "Things are beginning to get a bit tense out there with COVID-19 anxiety so we want to reach out and tell you what's going on here at the bookstore.
"As of right now, we have no plans to cancel any upcoming in-store events. We will continue to monitor the situation and let everyone know if any cancellations happen.
"We've taken steps to make our store as clean and safe as possible. We've just had the rugs professionally cleaned for all of those customers who are especially low to the ground. We've stepped up our cleaning procedure and all high-touch surfaces (door handles, front counter, payment tablet, bathroom surfaces, etc.) are sanitized regularly. Hand sanitizer is available at the front desk and all employees wash their hands A LOT during the day."