HACKENSACK, NJ - Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco amended the Executive Order he issued earlier in the week declaring a State of Emergency in Bergen County to include public theaters, movie theaters and performance halls. The County Zoo is also being closed to the public until further notice.

Tedesco announced the amendment at a press conference late Friday. The following places of "public gathering are to cease operations due to the inability to provide appropriate "social distancing" in accordance with CDC guidelines:"

  • Public theaters with fixed seating
  • Movie theaters with fixed seating
  • Performance Halls with fixed seating, and
  • All places of public gathering shall otherwise limit attendance at any event or gathering in order to comply with CDC guidelines related to "social distancing" and the directive issues by Governor Murphy related to gatherings of over 250 persons.

Tedesco authorized all local Mayors, governing bodies and authorities in Bergen County municipalities to immediately "enforce the closure mandates in order to effectuate the terms of this Executive Order, and shall report any non-compliance to the County." 

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He also strongly encouraged all workplaces to implement and observe CDC workplace social distancing measures, such as replacing in-person meetings with teleworking, modifying, postponing, or canceling mass gatherings. 

 Tedesco also recommended that all places of public gathering hosting 50 or more persons use their best efforts to record the name, address, phone or other appropriate contact information of all employees, patrons, visitors, vendors or any other persons within their facilities in order to aid health officials in the event contact tracing activities should become necessary in connection with their operations. 

All permitted or organized activities within all County parks and other County facilities are postponed until further notice. The County will discontinue the acceptance or review of any permit applications until further notice. 

The County Chief Financial Officer will work with the Bergen County Improvement Authority to offer emergency assistance, including but not limited to short term financing, to municipalities, school districts and other public agencies, to address the financial implications resulting from the COVID-19 health emergency, to ensure that debt service obligations and adequate cash flow are maintained. 


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