TRENTON, NJ - On Thursday, March 12, Governor Phil Murphy released a statement in which he recommended the cancellation of all public gatherings in New Jersey in excess of 250 people.

Murphy said the decision was "based on guidance we have received from the Commissioner of Health" and that such gatherings included "concerts, sporting events, and parades".

A number of municipalities have canceled St. Patrick's Day parades, and while Hawthorne does not host such an event, neighboring Ridgewood has postponed theirs for the time being.

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"These measures are being taken as part of our coordinated response to the continued outbreak and to aggressively mitigate the spread of the virus," Murphy said.  "Additionally, for all events, we recommend that everyone practice commonsense hygiene, like washing hands routinely, staying home if you do not feel well, and keeping a six-foot distance from others.  Our frontline efforts right now must be to aggressively mitigate the potential for exposure and further spread. We are taking this step because social distancing works. It is our best chance to ‘flatten the curve’ and mitigate the chance of rapid spread, so we can respond to this public health emergency in an even more focused manner."

For any specific inquiries, please visit nj.gov/health or call the 24-hour hotline at 1-800-222-1222.

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