WYCKOFF, NJ — As parts of the nation grapple with a new surge in coronavirus cases, the State of New Jersey steadily continues its reopening plan.
Municipalities across the state, including Wyckoff, will be faced with more reopening decisions, and local businesses will be tasked with how to safely do so.
One of the latest reopenings, libraries, has been highly anticipated by Mayor Tim Shanley. In a letter to the Township earlier this month, Shanley said he tried his best to convince Gov. Phil Murphy's aides that libraries should have been allowed to open during an earlier reopening.
At the time, he said that although the governor had allowed indoor meetings of less than 50 total people, that didn't mean libraries could open, despite his best efforts.
"Unfortunately this does not apply to Libraries despite my arguments to the Governor's aids today that it makes no sense to not allow Libraries to operate under those same new rules to just allow residents in to get books, check the out and leave," he said.
A Friday afternoon call to the director of the Wyckoff Free Public Library was not returned, but an official announcement of the library reopening date is expected in the coming days.
These are all the reopenings slated for next week:
- Indoor malls will reopen on June 29th
- In-person clinical labs and hands-on programming at colleges will be allowed to resume on July 1
- Career and training schools can reopen on July 1st
- Playgrounds will reopen on July 2nd
- Amusement parks will reopen on July 2nd
- Water parks will reopen on July 2nd
- Indoor dining will be allowed to resume on July 2nd at 25 percent
- Casinos will be allowed to reopen on July 2nd
- Racetracks may also reopen for in-person bets on July 2nd
- Indoor capacity at catering halls will also resume on July 2nd
- Museums will reopen at 25 percent of capacity on July 2nd
- Aquariums will reopen at 25 percent of capacity on July 2nd
- Bowling alleys will reopen at 25 percent of capacity on July 2nd
- Shooting ranges will reopen at 25 percent of capacity on July 2nd
- Arcades will reopen at 25 percent of capacity on July 2nd
- Libraries will reopen on July 2nd
- Gym and fitness centers will be allowed to open only for individualized training, and by appointment, involving one person and/or your family on July 2nd
- The limit on outdoor gatherings will rise to 500 on July 3rd
In-person services for driver’s license renewals and other Motor Vehicle Commission responsibilities were also scheduled to reopen this week, but MVC Chief Administrator Sue Fulton said the MVC intended to rely on its new text notification system to check people in, then allow them to leave the building and go elsewhere.
"Unfortunately, this new system requires further testing, so we will not be able to open as fully as we anticipated on June 29," she said." Without the text notification system, the number of people waiting for transactions who will need to be on site will far exceed capacity limitations.”
The Meadowlands has not yet released an update regarding the start of in-person betting on Thursday, but has resumed racing as of June 1.
Paramus Park will open for indoor shopping beginning Monday, according to Brookfield Properties, who owns the Paramus Mall, in addition to Willowbrook Mall in Wayne, Woodbridge Center and Monmouth Mall in Eatontown.
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