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North Brunswick mayor declares strict enforcement of safe distancing practices


NORTH BRUNSWICK – The mayor of North Brunswick has declared strict enforcement of safe distancing practices following orders by the governor to find ways to flatten the curve of the coronavirus outbreak.

On March 9, Gov. Phil Murphy issued Executive Order 103, declaring a State of Emergency in New Jersey as a result of the spread of COVID-19. As of March 23, there were 2,844 positive cases of COVID-19 in the state, with 207 cases in Middlesex County and seven reported in North Brunswick as of press time, according to information provided by Mayor Francis “Mac” Womack.

In order to protect the health and welfare of North Brunswick residents, employees and
visitors, North Brunswick is enforcing safe social distancing. Citizens are prohibited from interfering with persons passing on the streets or sidewalks; creating a disturbance on any street, sidewalk or other public place or in any park, public building, school, store or other business establishment; congregating with others and refusing to move when ordered; frightening any person in their path; and acting in a disorderly manner or breaching peace, according to the statement.

Section 128-3 of the Township Code states that “any person violating or failing to
comply with any of (these) provisions shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable by a fine of not more than $2,000 or by imprisonment for a term not to exceed 90 days.”

“We’re issuing this as something that store managers and others in public places can bring to the attention of patrons to let them know the township is serious about enforcement of social distancing standards,” Womack said.

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