ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury's municipal buildings, closed to the public since March 19 due to COVID-19 concerns, are scheduled to re-open this week with restrictions.

RoxburyTown Hall in Ledgewood, the recreation and health department offices at 72 Eyland Ave. in Succasunna and the public works building on Dell Avenue in Kenvil will again be open to the public starting 8 a.m. July 1, said Roxbury Township Manager John Shepherd.

However, residents and guests will not be able to simply walk up and enter the buildings. Shepherd said entry will be allowed only after those wishing to enter the buildings make appointments to do so.

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"Anyone desiring to meet with a township employee will be required to schedule a meeting in advance by contacting the appropriate department," said the manager. "Anyone entering any of the buildings will be required to wear a face mask. Otherwise, the buildings will remain closed to the public."

Shepherd said he hopes to be able to "further open the buildings to the public later in July."

Safeguards in Place

Those who do visit Town Hall will find some coronavirus-related changes, said Roxbury Mayor Bob DeFillippo. He said "much of the workspace in Town Hall does permit safe social distancing for employees and residents," but noted that areas without enough space will be fitted with physical barriers or other modifications.

"In addition, we are modifying workspaces to provide greater separation between residents and employees," DeFillippo said. "This will be primarily achieved by installing glass partitions at work counters which will provide a safer environment for both the employee and the visitor."

The announcement does not relate to the Roxbury Municipal Court, said town officials. Court access is directed by the state Administrative Office of the Courts, they noted.

The mayor said he appreciated the efforts of Roxbury employees during the last three months, thanking them for their dedication and hard work" during the shutdown.

" As we all know, many township employees continued to work during the crisis either by showing up every day for their jobs or by working remotely to keep essential township services operating," DeFillippo said.

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