PLAINFIELD, NJ — News about the COVID-19 coronavirus, its progress into New Jersey towns, and closures to increase social distancing changes daily. Here is a look at what's going on in Plainfield to date.
Plainfield Public Schools will be closed Wednesday, March 18 to Friday, April 3. The district was already scheduled to close on Monday, March 16 for staff professional development exercises. Superintendent Dr. Diana Mitchell said schools will be open on Tuesday, March 17 for a half-day for students to pick up instructional materials to complete while the schools are closed.
Breakfast and lunch will be available to all Plainfield students at three locations, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Students will be able to “grab and go” meals at Emerson School, 305 Emerson Avenue, Plainfield High School, 950 Park Avenue, and Clinton School, 1302 W. 4th Street.
The Plainfield Public Library will be closed to the public Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March 22, according to Director Mary Ellen Rogan.
The library's website includes more information, stating that on March 16, all classes and programs put on by the Library have been postponed until further notice. All meeting room reservations from March 16 until April 1 have been canceled.
The duCret School of Art will extend its spring break through Sunday, March 22. In-person classes will resume March 23. An email from the school notes the building is being cleaned and sanitized.
The Plainfield Symphony Orchestra announced that the “Spring Festival” concert scheduled for Saturday, March 21 has been rescheduled to Saturday, May 16.
The Drake House Museum will be closed until further notice. The Sojourner Truth program that was scheduled for Saturday, March 28 at the Plainfield Public Library has been postponed. An email from the Drake House states it will be visited on a daily basis to insure all is well. "Think of all the history that the great old house has witnessed and survived since 1746, Revolutionary War and the 1918 Pandemic," the email noted.
And on Sunday, Mayor Adrian O. Mapp issued Executive Order #2, declaring a State of Emergency in the City of Plainfield due to the public health threat of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Actions outlined in the order include a 10 p.m. curfew that will be instituted for all restaurants and retail consumption liquor license holders while citing that social distancing is one of the most effective preventative measures.
There is no word yet on whether city employees will be allowed to work from home.
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