SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood Borough Council meeting scheduled for Monday, March 16 has been canceled due to the concern of the spread of the coronavirus. Municipal Court sessions for Tuesday, March 24 and Thursday, March 26 have also been canceled. The Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court of New Jersey announced on Friday that all New Jersey Municipal Courts will be closed for traffic, disorderly persons and ordinance contests from March 16 through March 27.

In a notice posted on the Spotswood Borough website, Municipal Clerk Pat DeStefano stated that the public will not be allowed access to borough council and planning/zoning meetings for a two-week period starting on Monday, March 16. The exclusion of the public from large gatherings comes as a result of New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy's declaration of a state of emergency and a public health emergency in the Garden State on Monday in the hopes of preventing further spread of the coronavirus.

As of Friday, March 13, New Jersey had 50 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one death related to the virus. Residents can watch meetings on a link on the borough website.

"The public’s opportunity to be heard shall be afforded once the public meetings are opened to the public by further notice," DeStefano wrote in her statement. "Any statutory time limitation to object to any action taken by the council and/or board shall be stayed by operation of this notice."