MADISON, NJ - Standing in downtown Madison, Mayor Robert H. Conley updated residents as to what Madison is doing to prepare and protect the community regarding the spread of COVID-19
"Together we have come back from many challenges but now we are faced with one far different than any other in our lifetime", said Conley. "When the tornado hit this fall, it was devastating to many in Madison but when the sky cleared, we could assess the damage and we knew the path to recovery. With this crisis we don’t know what tomorrow will bring but unlike the tornado our behavior can impact the outcome. We can balance our desire for normalcy with changes in our routines to protect others".
Conley acknowledged that residents should take steps to protect themselves and other very seriously.
Conley noted that the Madison schools, the Madison Public Library, the Senior Center and the Joint Municipal Court are all closed.
Closing schools were done to limit large crowds.
"We must not allow this goal to be undone so please limit children’s activities to small groups", he said. "As we have seen, this virus can and will spread quickly; while we may not be able to completely stop its spread, we must prevent the mass spreading that can happen in larger gatherings".
The senior center will be staffed for support and the van program will be restricted to local trip for groceries and other essentials. The parks are open but group activities are not permitted and the Borough Hall remains open with limited access.
Conley asked residents to pay tax and utility bills online or via the mail. No payments should be hand delivered to Borough Hall. Committees and boards will only meet when urgent business arises however, Borough leadership will continue to meet to review conditions.
"We don’t know how long our lives will be affected by this health crisis so in this time don’t forget our merchants who help make this town great", Conley said. "We will be setting up special short-term parking for restaurant and merchant pickup. We will be encouraging businesses to take orders on the phone and if delivery is not available to take advantage of this program.
This is a difficult time but together (with social distancing) we will get through it. Remember to keep informed, follow all restrictions; keep up with CDC recommendations especially as it relates to social distancing and be guided by common sense", Conley continued. "As this is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation, we will provide updated information as it becomes available, in addition to updated guidance. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this difficult time".
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