FLEMINGTON, NJ - Flemington businesses are finally starting to open again.
“Our businesses have interesting and exciting new outdoor spaces, and many of our restaurants have created open patios,” said Robin Lapidus, executive director of the Flemington Community Partnership.
Lapidus joined Mayor Betsy Driver and OEM Coordinator Corp. Brian McNally on the weekly Covid-19 update this week on Facebook.
She acknowledged all the help the borough provided to businesses over the past three months, specifically McNally and Council President Caitlin Giles-McCormick and the recent council resolutions allowing sidewalk sales, outdoor dining and curbside parking signage.
“All of that has really made a difference,” she said.
McNally and Giles-McCormick sat in on the frequent business owners’ call-in meetings to explain the impact of executive orders, such as the recent overview for standards and requirements for hair and nail salons that will be reopening June 22.
Lapidus assured everyone that all of the businesses preparing to reopen have PPE on hand and have trained their staffs about safety and sanitizing procedures.
“They want to reopen as safely and as smoothly as possible,” she said.
However, Lapidus acknowledged that some people still may not feel comfortable going into stores, so she suggested buying gift cards or just calling a store to let them know what you need.
“All of our businesses are very customer-service friendly and would gladly work with you to get you what you need,” she said.
There are also plans underway to set up a Cafeteria “Streetateria” sometime in July. The idea is to close down a portion of Main Street to vehicular traffic and set up tables, string some lights and play music to create a fun place where people can safely gather and dine.
“Every day is a moving ahead process,” said the mayor.
Ribbon-cuttings for new businesses will resume soon, Lapidus said, noting that there were some new businesses that opened just prior to the shutdown, including Nature’s EnerQi, Lash Lounge, Dream Cakes and the Red Crab.
“It’s so exciting just to see people still investing in town even in the midst of the pandemic,” Driver said.
And with the announcement that malls will partially reopen on June 29, Lapidus reminded everyone that shopping locally – when possible – brings dollars back to this community.
In other news, Driver said the council will be confirming dates for a town-wide yard sale followed by the resumption of bulk garbage pickup.
Although dates for bulk pickup have not been set, it has been decided that residents will be limited to two items at a time. At two items per household, the bulk pickup can be done with one truck, which will save about $1,800 in tax dollars.
Driver said that’s why they want to have the yard sale first so that maybe some throwaways might find another home before being discarded.