MORRISTOWN, NJ -  Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty,  provided residents with a daily update on Monday June 1.

When discussing the uptick in positive COVID-19 cases, Mayor Dougherty stated that those are from long term care facilities.

"We are up to 563 on our positives", Dougherty said. "The positive uptick in Morristown is a result of long term facility testing that was mandated by the Governor of the State of New Jersey."

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Dougherty did provide some news.

Dougherty said that outdoor dining will be permitted by the 15th of June.  He said the Governor will address salons, barber shops and different small businesses soon. He thinks the community will find out about those details this week. 

Dougherty addressed the questions and comments surrounding road closures to expand outdoor dining in town. Dougherty said he asked the state and the state said no.

"I can not shut down parts of South Street", he said. "It's a state road. I will continue to press the Governor's Office and DOT to allow us on Saturday nights from 4pm to 10pm to shut down a segment of South Street. We do it for parades. We do it for fall festivals. We hope they will reconsider this request".

Doughtery promised to continue to ask officials regarding South Street.

"I still can't believe that it has been 12 weeks and that we are still working through this", said Dougherty. "We have to remember that this has not gone away. We have to remember it is important to follow the principals that the CDC has laid down".

He strongly urges people walking around town to wear a mask.



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