LIVINGSTON, NJ — As more people begin to heed suggestions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to wear protective masks and gloves when leaving their homes in order to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Township of Livingston has also discovered an influx these items being thrown on the ground throughout the municipality or mixed in with recycling.

The township reminds residents that disposable gloves and masks are not recyclable and that removing and disposing of them properly is critical to the safety of essential workers.  

According to the CDC, gloves and masks must be placed in with regular garbage for disposal once they are properly removed. The Township of Livingston released a statement to residents advising that putting potentially contaminated items in with recycling puts the health of the workers at risk, and that it is crucial to keep these crew members safe in order for them to “continue providing this essential service.”

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With the forecast for nicer weather, the Livingston Police Department also reminds residents that gatherings in driveways or lawns are not acceptable during this time. The department has broken up several of these gatherings over the last week and will continue to do so until further notice. 

“It can be tempting to get together because the danger is unseen; however, it is very much present,” the police department said. “We may feel healthy but can carry the disease to others who are not…No group activities, get-togethers or so-called ‘social distancing parties’ are condoned or allowed for any age group at any location during this state of pandemic emergency.”

In order to curb groups from meeting up and hanging out in other locations throughout the township, the Livingston Police Department recently blocked off parking in the lots around the Memorial Oval and Northland Pool. Residents are reminded that all school fields, parking lots and properties also remain off limits.

Additionally, the township urges anyone walking, biking or exercising at the Oval to do so in a counterclockwise direction, as it is impossible to maintain the appropriate six-foot distance between each other with people moving in opposite directions.