HACKENSACK, N.J. — City officials are announcing two important updates concerning the ongoing response to the COVID-19/Coronavirus crisis. Both updated policies are based on the continued reduction in new COVID-19 cases in Hackensack and the surrounding area, which have made it possible to begin reversing some of the social distancing orders put into effect over the past months.
Following Governor Phil Murphy’s recent Executive Order reopening state parks, city parks will be reopening to the public starting on Saturday, May 2. Those using the parks must continue to practice social distancing except with immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners and wear protective facial coverings. Parking is limited to 50% of maximum capacity and will be prohibited in undesignated areas. Organized or contact activities and sports are prohibited, in addition to picnics and gatherings of any kind. The City’s Community Garden will also be opening on May 2, but visits will be limited by schedule only.
On Monday, May 4, parking regulations will be reinstated at the Hackensack University Medical Center garage, Lot S, and all metered areas except on Main Street and Anderson Street. Parking regulations will remain suspended in the following areas: Main Street and Anderson Street., residential parking areas, alternate side parking, and other municipal parking lots. The City’s Police Department will issue warnings beginning Friday, May 1, and residents should plan accordingly.
“Thanks to all of the sacrifices we have been making together and the heroic work of our first responders and health care professionals, the curve of new cases has flattened across our city and our state, and we can begin the process of returning to normal life in our city,” said Mayor John Labrosse. “While the worst days of this pandemic have hopefully passed, we cannot afford a setback. We must continue to follow social distancing orders, wear protective gear when in public, and follow CDC guidelines on handwashing and other protective actions. By working together we will beat this disease once and for all.”
For up-to-date information and resources about the City’s response to coronavirus pandemic, residents are encouraged to visit the City’s dedicated information portal on their website http://hackensack.org/covid19.