ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Robbinsville Township Mayor Dave Fried responded on Tuesday to the blueprint plan that Governor Phil Murphy laid out a day earlier -- “The Road Back: Restoring Economic Health Through Public Health” -- to move toward restarting the state's economy. The Mayor said the plan did not have a lot of specifics and some aspects did not make sense in certain areas such as contact tracing that he believes is "next to impossible" in large communities.
Fried told TAPinto Hamilton/Robbinsville that it is "time to make big boy and big girl decisions" when it comes to reopening services, businesses and, in particular, the remainder of the school year.
"Let everyone plan accordingly. Bad news doesn't get any better," said Fried. "I don't fully understand parts of the plan (and current closures) such as the construction rules when outdoor construction should be allowed."
"Why can you go to Wal-Mart but not a small store? How can dogs get groomed but humans can't?" Fried questioned. "Service people can wear masks. It's an uncomfortable thought but it has to happen."
Fried said that he is particularly disappointed with the closure of State and County parks that have forced more people into local parks.
"As the weather gets warmer, it creates a more challenging situation for local parks. People want to go outsides and stay outside," said Fried, who noted that Robbinsville Township parks remain open but there is a close eye on them to ensure proper social distancing.
The Mayor would like a final decision to be made soon as far as whether or not schools will reopen so that schools can move forward with plans, particularly for seniors, such as virtual graduation ceremonies. He believes that with "proper planning a quality production can be created with enough time" for these important graduations.
Fried said that the Township has an important decision to make as far as the Annual Robbinsville Community Day traditionally held in mid-June. He said that they are considering still holding the evening fireworks but with more spacing between cars, but other aspects of the festivities may not be possible.
"I don't see events with large crowds happening anytime soon, sporting events, the movies or even bars may just have to wait a little longer to reopen," Fried added.
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