To the members of our Caldwell community,
As we all face the current health crisis from the COVID-19 pandemic together, I want to assure you that the Borough of Caldwell is actively working with Essex County and the State of New Jersey. Following the guidance of our Board of Health officer, and our entire Office of Emergency Management (OEM), we decided to close our Community Center and Library last Friday, March 13th.
We have also canceled all events at the Grover Cleveland Senior Center. The reason behind these decisions is of utmost importance - we must act boldly and make sacrifices to stop the spread of coronavirus. The borough is taking advantage of these closures to thoroughly clean those facilities and they will remain closed at least until March 27th.
In addition, our OEM director Mark Giuliano and I have signed an emergency declaration today March 17th which designates The Borough of Caldwell a disaster area, which gives the Borough easier access to needed resources.
With each day of this health crisis it is evident that the members of our community are following the recommendations from federal and state health officials and restricting exposure by means of isolating or distancing themselves from others.
Caldwell, unlike some of our other neighbors, has a business community which is beginning to suffer economic fallout from this unprecedented health crisis. Our downtown merchants need your support now more than ever. Their survival is at stake. I implore you to consider taking the time to bring your business to the many wonderful shops and restaurants along Bloomfield Avenue.
There is a smart and safe way for you to continue to support them. Whether it is a grocery store, diner, restaurant, clothing store, paint store, appliance store, dry cleaners or eyeglass retailer, this health crisis is becoming an economic crisis for them. Again, I implore you to find a safe way to support our downtown business community and still respect social distancing. Please !
Lastly, I ask you to lookout for your neighbors. There are some who are alone or need help for any number of reasons. Keep in mind that we are in this together and can support one another without compromising our safety. Everyone is conscious of the need to maintain safe distances.
We will get through this and be a stronger, safer community.
Mayor John Kelley
Borough of Caldwell