NEWTON, NJ – The Town of Newton has issued an update to the Proclamation of Local Emergency, issued over the weekend, in continued response to concerns about COVID-19.. Newton Emergency Management Coordinator Kenneth Teets and Town Manager Thomas S. Russo, Jr. have issued a joint statement broadening and clarification the measure.

According to the announcement:

  • Municipal buildings are closed to the public for general business.
  • Municipal employees are expected to work their regularly scheduled shifts and all municipal business will be conducted via mail, email, telephone, videoconferencing and website. 
  • The lobby area of the Newton Police Department headquarters will remain open for as usual.
  • The Recycling Center is closed until further notice.
  • All fields, parks and playgrounds at Memory Park and Pine Street Park are closed.
  • The Utility Advisory Board meeting on Tuesday, March 17 will go on as scheduled.
  • The Planning Board meeting on Wednesday, March 18 will go on as scheduled.
  • The Town Council meeting of Monday, March 23 will begin at 6 p.m. not 7 p.m. as previously announced.

Both Teets and Russo signed the addendum to the proclamation with commitments of municipal resources as needed.

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