WAYNE, NJ – For the first time in seventy-four days, Wayne Township has experienced a ‘Zero-Zero’ day. Zero new deaths to report and zero new positives to report for Sunday, May 31. Truly something worth celebrating!
Mayor Chris Vergano did not provide a report on Sunday, so he gave this information today. To add to the good news, there were zero deaths to report for today as well. This is the first time since he began reporting the deaths of Wayne residents due to COVID-19 that we had two days in a row where zero deaths were reported.
However, there were four new positive cases for today, three of which came from long-term care facilities and one came from the general public.
The new positive cases included:
- Men: 1
- Women: 3
- Average Age: 67
- Age Range: 43 - 92
Total Wayne Residents who have tested positive: 1,351
Total who have tested negative: 2,906
Total number of deaths remains at 165
In another sign of the changing times, Vergano announced that the Farmer’s Market would open this Saturday, June 6 in the municipal parking lot.
The Mayor’s tone was clearly more upbeat than it has been since he began these updates. “We have a great number of new vendors and several returning from last year,” he said. “Obviously there's going to be new rules and regulations that everyone has to follow, but this has been a great experience. This is our second year in conjunction with the YMCA and they've done a great job.”
At the risk of repetition, Vergano provided another positive sign when he gave his update of FLAG of Greater Wayne. “FLAG is going to be starting to slow down a bit because things are getting a little bit back to normal; whatever normal might be. Especially at the two hospitals that we've been servicing.”
To date FLAG of Greater Wayne has provided over 11,000 meals to first responders and front-line medical workers.
Lastly, Vergano provided clarification on the Town Council’s resolution for Wayne restaurants on outdoor dining. Governor Murphy announced today that restaurants could open for outdoor dining on June 15. This was expected news, but the date was unknown. In anticipation of this news, the Wayne Town Council changed their regulations surrounding permits needed for outdoor dining. “This gives restaurants greater flexibility than ever before in order to have outdoor seating at restaurants. So, we were being proactive to be ready for the new rules,” he said. The regulation changes will make it so the restaurants that apply for the permit do not have to go before the Planning Board or Board of Adjustment.
The Mayor’s announcements included:
- Sweatshirts and T-shirts are on sale with a ‘Wayne Strong’ message. Proceeds will help support Wayne Helping Hands who help to feed Wayne residents in need.
- Passaic County CASA is selling “Thank you to the Heroes Among Us” signs as a fundraiser. Go to their website to purchase: www.PassaicCountyCASA.org
- Free COVID testing will soon be available for residents of Sienna Village, Cisco Village, Summerhill Apartments and the Four Seasons. The testing is voluntary and will happen at the resident’s home.
- The Wayne Public Library is open for curbside delivery, drop-off and pickup.
- The COVID Testing site in Passaic County is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9am – 12pm. Anyone can be tested for COVID-19 as long as they are Passaic County residents.
- The testing site is looking for volunteers. To volunteer email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Wayne Farmer’s Market is open for pick-up only on every Saturday.
- Food must be pre-ordered by Wednesday.
- See story for more information
- Click here for a list of food retailers that remain open in Wayne
- Cloth face coverings are required in retail stores and other areas of close contact with others.
- Do not throw disposable gloves and masks on the ground.
- STAY SIX-FEET AWAY FROM EACH OTHER. NO CONGREGATING
- Local food stores have special hours for people at high-risk:
- Stop and Shop is open from 6:00 AM to 7:30 AM everyday
- Trader Joe's is open from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM every day
- Costco is open 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM on Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday
- ShopRite is open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM on Wednesdays
- Jack’s Super Foodtown is open from 6:30 AM to 7:30 AM
- The WIN Food Pantry is in need of monetary donations to feed the hungry citizens of Wayne. Click here for their website: http://www.winfoodpantry.org/
- The Township Memorial Day Parade is postponed to Labor Day
- Wayne day has been moved to September 13th
- The annual shredding event was moved to June 20th
- Primary Election Day has been moved to July 7
- The last day to register to vote prior to this is June 16
- Property Taxes for the Second Quarter are due on May 1. The Township will be waiving interest and penalties for those who are unable to make their payment on time for accounts owing $10,000 or less until Friday June 1
- He gave an update on the FLAG of Greater Wayne group who are feeding and supporting front-line healthcare workers and first responders. You can find their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/214967119732121/