Editor's Note: Our reporter practiced social distancing during the making of this story.

WESTFIELD, NJ — As Westfield announced its second case of COVID-19 on Monday, life around the town and state had seemingly come to a grinding halt — at least in public spaces.

From empty playgrounds to empty roads, the downtown became motionless and quiet. People who ventured into the streets did so with caution, moving quickly in and out of restaurants for pick-up and keeping a physical distance from one another.

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Gov. Phil Murphy has enacted a curfew banning non-essential travel 8 p.m. — 5 a.m. Schools have indefinitely started remote learning.

Mayor Shelley Brindle had urged “non-essential” businesses to close, beginning Tuesday to mitigate foot traffic and the odds of virus transmission.

These pictures offer a glimpse into Westfield during a time of deep concern. (Scroll through the gallery above for all photos.)

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