The most recent reporting from the State shows nearly 158,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey; almost 6,300 are in Morris County, and as of today, 133 cases in Madison, an increase of one since my report on May 19.
First updates on a few topics that I touched on in recent messages:
May Day is now May Day in June, June 13 & 14 to be exact. While there won’t be t-shirts given out this year we did have the art contest and here is the winning design by Madison Junior School 8th grade student Daphne Rodas. This will appear on signs at the worksites around town. Families and small groups will be able to sign up shortly. Mulch will be provided by DPW and work teams must adhere to COVID-19 guidelines.
The registration for the Borough of Madison blood drive is now up and running on the Red Cross website. The drive is from 2:00 until 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, June 2 at the Madison Community Arts Center at Rose Hall. I have secured my slot to give a pint.
I can now report that the Madison Community Pool is full of water and ready for when the state gives the go ahead. The staff has implemented procedures based on the New Jersey Recreation and Park Association COVID-19 Planning Guide, that along with the regulations from the Governor’s office and CDC will make for a safe and enjoyable summer in the pool. Dig out the bathing suits and get ready to sign up.
And now a review of action taken at last night’s Council meeting. With a look to the phased reopening, several resolutions were passed so Madison will be ready for the expansion of business.
• Resolution 151-2020 temporarily amends the sidewalk dining regulations in order to give food establishments more space to serve while meeting social-distancing regulations. It also waives the permit fee for 2020. The next Council meeting will have the roll out of outdoor dining pods on closed streets and Borough parking lots. • Resolution 153-2020 authorizes sidewalk sales throughout the 2020 outdoor season. This will allow our shops to expand their shopper capacity while under limited indoor capacity.
These resolutions do not take effect until permitted by the state. I had a conversation with the Governor’s office today where it was stated that the outdoor dining announcement could come in the next few days.
• Resolution 156-2020 allows for the temporary use of Madison parks and fields for fitness programs. This is available to brick and mortar Madison facilities providing classes of 25 or fewer, while adhering to the guidelines established by the State. Classes cannot be held without going through the permit process with the recreation director. Unpermitted group activities in the parks are still prohibited.
Lastly, was a resolution authorizing the 2020 Farmers ’Market on Dodge Field starting June 11. Get ready for great New Jersey produce at a location that makes it very easy to maintain social distance guidelines. Except to share urgent information, my messages will now be coming out once a week.
Don’t forget to check for updates on Rosenet.org on a regular basis, and visit TriTownCares.org for mental health support. Thank you for your time, take care of yourself, your loved ones and others through social distancing and personal protection measures.
Be Home, Be well.