PATERSON, NJ - As communities across the state, throughout the nation, and around the globe continue to grapple with the growing onslaught of COVID-19, coronavirus, Paterson city offices and departments will operate on a limited basis between March 16 and March 27, Mayor Andre Sayegh announced Friday.
During this time limited staff in city offices will be available Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Offices will be closed to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Essential services such as police and fire will not be impacted by these schedule changes.
Additionally, Sayegh, flanked by several of his Cabinet heads, and Superintendent of Schools Eileen Shafer, said, senior programs at the Riverside Recreation Center have been temporarily suspended while youth recreation programs have been postponed.
The Paterson Museum will remain closed during this time and the city’s library branches will also operate on reduced hours.
With Paterson Public Schools calling for a 1:00 dismissal Friday so that teachers can prepare for possible necessary online lessons, Shafer offered reassurance that food distribution programs would continue through firehouses in each of the city’s six wards if closures occur.
“We will remain open,” Shafer said, adding that schools are being disinfected on a daily basis and outside agencies will be restricted from using the schools for programming, “but we are prepared.”
Renewing a call for residents to practice established hygiene protocols such as washing hands and coughing into their arms, and practicing “social distancing”, Sayegh urged residents to “be cautious but remain calm.”
“We are in this together.”
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