NEW BRUNSWICK,  NJ  - This week's City Council meeting will be moved to the New Brunswick High School auditorium,  the city has announced. 

Wednesday's meeting will be moved from its usual place at council chambers.

Although a post on the city's website did not indicate why, it would seem as though the cavernous auditorium would allow residents to spread out.

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The chambers' relative cramped quarters have been home to government business since the building opened in 1926.

During the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. Gov. Phil Murphy and healthcare experts have urged Garden State residents to keep six feet of personal distance between them and others. 

The high school is at 1000 Somerset St. and the meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.

Members  of the public are asked to enter through the front door. 

The city on Friday announced a series of safeguards in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.  For instance,  visitors to City Hall must first have an appointment.  They will be asked to check in upon arrival. 

The city is taking other measures,  such as closing the Senior Resource Center and halting the Dial-A-Ride program.