SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Borough Mayor Ed Seely provided residents with a Fourth of July update on Friday before heading down to Virginia on vacation. The mayor said the number of positive cases in the borough has remained unchanged since his last update. He also spoke about using the borough's basketball courts and playgrounds that reopened last week with caution. The mayor urged residents to be careful when using fireworks to celebrate Independence Day.

The mayor's July 3 letter reads as follows:

Residents of Spotswood,

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Good afternoon! Hope all is well in your world. One more message before vacation!
Today we get to start with good news; I believe our numbers regarding COVID-19 have stayed flat, since I have not
heard from my OEM Director since June 26. The governor has opened amusement parks and child care centers, as
well as increasing the limit on outdoor gatherings to 500. All good; however, there is a retraction on indoor dining, as
there should be. I know this is extremely painful for bars, restaurants, and indoor activities, but, given the recent
spike in positive cases all over the country, it would seem the safe thing to do.

We have opened our basketball courts and playgrounds to the public, but a strong word of caution here. They are to
be used at your own risk and with a personal responsibility to self-sanitize. Unfortunately, our only other option would be to keep them closed. Outdoor activities are how we stay in physical shape and help us maintain our mental health, as well; please enjoy, but be mindful of the risk and wipe the equipment down before use.

Tomorrow is Independence Day, and that means picnics, barbecues, family, and friends. As it falls on a Saturday, it may well be celebrated a little more enthusiastically. And, of course, with fireworks. I urge you to celebrate safely; far
too many people are injured every year by carelessness. Nothing is worse than spending your holiday in an emergency room.

Well, I am off to Virginia to see my sister, so I’m keeping my letter short today. Enjoy your holiday weekend and your
summer, practice social distancing, and wear face coverings when you should.

A special thank you goes out to my administrative assistant, Cate Leedy; without her this letter, as well as many of the
other things that I do for the Borough, would not happen. We are only as good as the people that support us.
Be Safe, Be Smart, and Stay Healthy!

God Bless,

Mayor Ed Seely