HAWTHORNE, NJ - On Sunday afternoon, the Hawthorne Police Department received a call reporting a disturbance emanating from the Jembro Store found on Wagaraw Road, according to sources.  When the police arrived, they found that the disturbance was the result of a verbal altercation between a manager and an employee, and the matter was resolved.

More importantly, however, was that the store, along with another in the same shopping complex, were open.  This was in violation of Governor Phil Murphy's closure of "non-essential businesses" to help curb the spread of the coronavirus and enforce social distancing behavior.  While no summonses were issued, the police ordered the two stores to be closed and vacated to be in compliance with the governor's emergency directives.

The coronavirus is a highly contagious disease which has, as of this writing, resulted in 95 positive tests in Passaic County and 1,914 statewide.  Neighboring Bergen County has the most positive cases in the state, with 457.

Governor Murphy hosts daily press conferences and has said on several occasions, "This is not the time to panic, but this is not the time for business as usual."