FAIR LAWN, NJ - Fair Lawn has three cases of presumed positive coronavirus, according to Bergen County Executive James Tedesco, who said the uptick in cases prompted him to order the closure of large theater venues in addition to the closures of schools and senior venues announced on Thursday.
County officials updated the Bergen County list of COVID-19 count for each municipality as follows:
3 Fair Lawn
1 Fort Lee
8 in Teaneck
1 in Dumont
1 in Little Ferry (patient deceased)
"That’s an increase of 6 from the 13 we had yesterday," Tedesco said on Friday. "We have the most in the state of New Jersey and as these numbers continue to increase, that is why I’m taking the steps I’m about to announce."
As an extension of Thursday's order to close all Bergen County schools, Tedesco issued a supplemental executive order, which had the following effects:
- All public theaters with fixed seatings will be closed immediately.
- Movie theaters with fixed seatings will be closed immediately.
- Performance halls with fixed seatings will be closed immediately.
- All places of public gathering shall otherwise limit attendance to any event or gathering in order to comply with CDC guidelines related to social distancing.
- Public gatherings of 250 or more are prohibited.
"All local mayors, governing bodies, and authorities in Bergen County shall immediately enforce the previously state closures," Tedesco said. "I encourage workplaces to implement and observe CDC workplace social distancing measures, such as replacing in-person meetings with teleworking, and modifying, postponing, or canceling mass gatherings."
Tedesco added further guidelines, saying, "I recommend that all places of public accommodation record name, address, phone, or other appropriate contact information of all employees, patrons, visitors, vendors, or any other persons within their facilities should health officials in the event of contact tracing activities become necessary in connection with their operations."
All permitted activities within in parks or other county facilities are hereby postponed until further notice.
The county will discontinue acceptance or review of any permit applications until further notice.
The county zoo will be closed to the public and all activities planned at the zoo are postponed until further notice. However, activities necessary for appropriate care of the animals and maintenance of facilities will continue.
"I am directing the County CFO to work with the Bergen County Improvement Authority to offer emergency assistance including other public agencies to address the financial volatility or liquidity issues resulting from the financial implications of COVID-19 health emergency to ensure debt service obligations and adequate cashflow are maintained," he said.
"Finally, in accordance with the Division of Local Government Services Guidelines and the Public Meeting Act, public meetings may be held in person or by means of communication equipment to include streaming services and other online meeting platforms. Local units should also provide guidance to the public for remotely accessing and providing comment at public meetings. These measures of this order will take effect immediately and remain in effect until it is determined by me that an emergency no longer exists. This situation is constantly evolving, and as a county we must adapt to best combat the spread of COVID-19."
"As county executive, I will continue to act in the best interests of the public health. I will continue to save lives by enacting legislation to prohibit and limit the spread of COVID-19," Tedesco said.