HAWTHORNE, NJ - Mayor Richard Goldberg has released his second letter of the week updated Hawthorne residents as to the state of the borough during the pandemic. His letter reads below:
The numbers as of this morning are 407 total positives with 20 fatalities and 35 active cases.
I am very concerned for the small businesses and restaurants in Hawthorne that have been forced to close. I am extremely heartened to see that people are picking up takeout food or buying gift cards to support or local restaurants. This is the kind of community spirit which makes Hawthorne the great Borough that it is.
People have asked about wave parades. According to the executive order, such events are permissible, but only if the following rules are met: all attendees at the gathering must remain in their cars at all times (no getting out and gathering on lawns); attendees must keep their car closed (meaning that their windows, doors, sunroofs and the like must all be closed). In other words, this order allows for gatherings like drive-in religious services, drive-in recreational events (like movies or flower viewings), and birthday/celebratory/memorial wave parades. The order requires that individuals remain in cars and do not otherwise present significant COVID-19 transmission risks.
We are moving into barbeque season. Please remember that the stay at home order means no block parties or large family gatherings.
I can’t stress enough the need for social distancing and wearing masks. It’s inconvenient, and if you wear glasses, they fog up. The effort however is worth it: it is saving lives.
For those unaware, the Borough has a non-perishable food pantry. If you need food and can’t afford or can’t get to a supermarket, please call the Board of Health at 973-427-4011. Many thanks to those people who have donated food to the Borough’s food pantry as well as supplies and food for our first responders.
I know staying at home isn’t fun, but it keeps you and us safe. Eventually life will return to some form of normalcy and we can continue eating out, shopping, playing sports and return to school and work. Remember this virus hits our seniors hardest; the sacrifice you are making will keep our parents and grandparents safe.
We are here at the Municipal Building. If you have any questions, please call us directly at 973-427-1168. You can also call our main number at 973-427-5555 and follow the prompts to reach a specific department.
Mayor Richard S. Goldberg
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