WEST ORANGE, NJ — The public should be advised that organizers of the 69th annual West Orange St. Patrick's Day Parade scheduled for Sunday, March 15, take seriously the confirmed cases and spread of the COVID-19, novel coronavirus, in New Jersey. The situation is closely being monitored by officials, but the parade will proceed forward as planned.

The priority is to minimize any threats to public safety by following common sense guidelines set forth by the CDC. Many of these suggestions are similar precautions used to prevent the spread of the flu. They are, but not limited to, washing your hands, avoid kissing and handshakes, and using hand sanitizer when possible.

The most relevant COVID-19 FAQ’s have been addressed by the West Orange Health Department and can be read at the link on westorange.org. Other links to the CDC website for a more detailed list of guidelines can also be accessed from the town website.

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“The public perception of the threat can easily be overshadowed by the fear of the unknown and misinformation.” said West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi. “The overall situation is best left to the advice of experts in the field who are better suited to guide us. I would urge everyone to enjoy the parade while being aware of the stated precautions with a heightened sense of awareness. I look forward to seeing the many familiar faces at the parade as planned.

The Township of West Orange understands the growing concern and is committed to keeping residents safe and informed. Updates will be posted to the township website along with the latest and best information as it becomes available.

The township also shared this extensive list of frequently asked questions about the virus.

Sunday's parade is schedule to step off at 12:15 p.m. in front of Township Hall.