HACKENSACK, N.J. -- The City of Hackensack is announcing that City Hall will be closed to the public beginning today, Tuesday, December 1. All other city offices will be closed beginning Monday, December 7. City officials have taken this action due to the rise of COVID-19 cases across the state and have done so according to county and state public health officials' recommendations.

"In the interest of public health and safety, we will be closing our city offices to the public due to the rise of coronavirus infections throughout the area," said Mayor John Labrosse. "Unfortunately, this serves as a reminder that we are still very much battling this pandemic, and we need everybody to redouble their efforts to combat the virus. Please continue to follow CDC guidelines and recommendations for social distancing, mask-wearing, and hand washing. Whenever possible, check in on senior citizens or disabled family members, or neighbors most at risk. We will get through this together."

The city will inform residents of these changes throughout the week via Nixle messaging alerts, reverse 911 calls, and post updates and other pertinent information on the city's website at www.hackensack.org. City offices will remain staffed by employees on an alternative schedule, and city services will still be available. Residents should directly contact the appropriate department if in need of city services. A directory of city departments and their phone numbers can be found on the city’s website at hackensack.org/directory.

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For up-to-date information and resources about the city's response to the coronavirus pandemic, residents are encouraged to visit the city's dedicated information portal on the city website at http://hackensack.org/covid19. Residents are also encouraged to use the city's COVID19 information email hotline if they have the need at info@hackensack.org.

Residents should use this hotline as a resource if they have specific questions regarding COVID-19 responses in the city or need assistance navigating or obtaining resources available from other local, state, or federal entities. A city employee will monitor the email address, and all questions will garner a prompt response.