NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The city's Municipal Court and Senior Resource Center will be shut down and general public access to City Hall and Civic Square will be restricted to those with scheduled appointments under new coronavirus COVID-19 safeguards announced Friday night.

These and other measures, according to a release from Mayor Jim Cahill's office and provided to TAPinto New Brunswick, "will help to not only reduce and minimize the spread of COVID-19, but will help maintain an environment of safety for visitors, residents and City employees."

Beginning Monday March 16 and continuing through Friday March 20, not only will visitors to City Hall and Civic Square be required to have an appointment, but they will be required to check in upon arrival.

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City Hall and Civic Square will continue to be fully staffed and operational during normal business hours, 8:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Citizens seeking to make tax or water and sewer payments in person will have access to a secure lock box located inside the rear entrance of City Hall.

For those seeking to file applications with or making payments to Construction Code, Engineering, Inspections, Planning and Economic Development, a secure lock box will be located inside the rear entrance of Civic Square.

Appointments are not required to make these payments. Cash will not be accepted for lock box payments. All Money orders or checks will be accepted.

Residents are encouraged to conduct business with the city electronically or by phone. Many forms and documents are available for download at the city website.

The Senior Resource Center will be closed Monday March 16 through Friday April 3. All activities, programs and trips are suspended. The Senior Resource Center staff will be available to answer questions and address concerns weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 732-745-5100. 

All New Brunswick Municipal Court sessions are canceled for the week of March 16.

The HUB Teen Center will be closed from Monday March 16 through Friday April 3. All programs and community meetings have been canceled.

The city's Dial-A-Ride service is suspended until further notice.

The Health and Vital Statistics office in Civic Square will continue to operate as normal.

All operations of the New Brunswick Police Department located at 25 Kirkpatrick St. will continue to operate on their regular schedule.

Further information regarding public meetings will be provided during the week of March 16. There is a City Council meeting scheduled for March 18.

Residents are encouraged to visit and follow “City of New Brunswick” on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

According to the release, "During the week this policy is in place, the city will develop a strategy to restore the ready access that the public has enjoyed throughout the years while providing the necessary safeguards to reduce the potential exposure to COVID-19 for visitors and employees of City Hall and Civic Square."