MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Township's Office of Emergency Management met this afternoon with several Maplewood Township Committee members attending, including Mayor Frank McGehee. In a message to the community, McGehee said that pursuant to the meeting, Maplewood has decided to move forward with the following:
Effective immediately, all jitney service will be discontinued indefinitely.
Starting tomorrow Monday, March 16, social distancing tactics will be in effect for all resident interaction with staff at Town Hall. As a result, only the front entrance to Town Hall on Valley street will be accessible to the public. We also advise that residents leverage the dropbox at Town Hall for transactions such as the early bird special for the pool. Please Note: there are two dropbox locations, one on Valley Street in the front and the second at the side door entrance near Park Rd.
To increase social distancing, effective 6 AM Monday, March 16, 2020 the Township of Maplewood is closing all public playgrounds and enclosed recreational court facilities (basketball courts, paddle tennis courts, and tennis courts) until further notice. Appropriate signage and fencing will be added to enforce this decision.
Playgrounds are by nature, social gathering places and a public space. Please also avoid using school playgrounds and playgrounds in other townships to maintain social distancing best practices.
Regarding our local businesses, we are highly advising that residents avoid public dining spaces, going to movie theaters and the gym. We are encouraging residents to patronize our businesses by using delivery or takeout options as well as the purchase of gift cards to support small businesses during this highly unprecedented time. We will also be asking for merchant landlords to be understanding to all of our merchants as well particularly to those who incur economic hardships as a result of this period.
For those restaurants that decide to keep their dining areas open, we will be enforcing a reduced social distancing mandate, meaning that restaurants should reduce their dining spaces by 50% and maintain 6 feet of distance between seating to follow social distancing best practices.
At this time recycling will continue as usual and please work with your local garbage pick up providers regarding any changes to your service.