WESTFIELD, NJ — In her opening remarks for the Westfield Town Council meeting Tuesday night, mayor Shelley Brindle said the town has not gotten word of a new coronavirus case since June 17. The total number of cases remains 282. The town has lost 42 residents to the virus, the last one noted on June 3, and 82-year-old woman.
Brindle said, "I would be remiss if I did not remind everyone about the rising levels of covid-19 in a number of states with far less restrictions than we experienced here in New Jersey. With summer upon us and many folks traveling, please be considerate of the community and adhere to the quarantine guidelines set forth by the state. I’m also receiving a number of messages from concerned residents about the lack of social distancing and face coverings downtown, and I want to reiterate that this virus is not behind us."
Brindle also noted that New Jersey expanded its list of states that meet the criteria for 14-day quarantine, now including California, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada and Tennessee. (Read the list of all 16 states here.)
New coronavirus cases are hitting record numbers in many U.S. states where precautions were relaxed, including among young people.
The governor has said playgrounds can reopen this Thursday.
Brindle said this includes the spray features at the newly opened Memorial Pool: "I’m happy to let you know that the governor’s recent executive order will allow us to open the spray features in the kids’ pool on Thursday, with the slides to follow shortly afterwards. After an initial expected rush, our new online reservations system [for the pool] is working well to ensure we are compliant with limited capacity requirements. Like anything COVID-related, there is always an upfront adjustment period and some flexibility required, and I am extremely grateful to the Recreation Department for all of their hard work."
Other playgrounds will open Thursday. The mayor said, "As with any outdoor activity, we ask that you maintain proper distance and wear a face covering (except for children under two) to protect each other."
For past Westfield coronavirus updates from Patch, click here.
Council agenda, historic preservation
A revised Historic Preservation Ordinance was on the council agenda Thursday.
Mayor Brindle noted that, regarding the proposed updates that were up for a final vote, "There are two main objectives of this proposed revision: First, to bring our current historic preservation ordinance in compliance with state municipal land use law which currently leaves us subject to legal challenge. It also allows our Historic Preservation Commission to apply for Certified Local Government status and the state funding that comes with it. Second, to ensure there is a fair review process in place for any proposed teardown of a historically significant property before it’s too late."
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