WEST ORANGE, NJ — Township officials and Downtown West Orange on Friday collaborated on a Zoom meeting to address how to execute Stage 2 of the community's reopening efforts.
The discussion focused on how to execute the reopening of local non-essential businesses and restaurants in West Orange. New Jersey will enter Stage 2 of its reopening process from the pandemic shutdown on June 15, when outdoor dining and nonessential retail stores will be allowed to reopen with restrictions.
The opening of hair salons and barbershops will follow on June 22, with gyms, fitness centers, libraries and museums to follow after that at a date still unspecified.
West Orange Chief of Police James Abbott, township administrator Jack Sayers, Chief Financial Officer John Gross, council members Michelle Casalino and Susan McCartney, health officer Theresa DeNova, township attorney Richard Trenk, public information officer Joe Fagan, Planning and Development official Geniece Gary-Adams and Lauren Grof-Tisza, who moderated the session, all were on the Zoom meeting.
The participants discussed the potential difficulty in finding enough personal protective equipment (PPEs), such as masks and gloves, to stay in compliance with the reopening restrictions, and how to achieve proper social distancing in their businesses.
New Jersey has been under various levels of mandated lockdown since mid-March, with a gradual ramp-up to eventual full reopening having commenced in May. At restaurants, outdoor dining will be permitted with a prescribed distance between tables, temperature checks before patrons can enter, and employees required to wear masks and gloves. There has been no indication from Governor Phil Murphy on when indoor dining at restaurants will be allowed to resume.