While the COVID-19 pandemic rages across Hudson County, holidays have come and gone with less vigor and cheer as the focus remains on stopping the virus and saving lives.
St. Patrick’s Day was effectively cancelled, and the day flew by without the usual parades, mass services, and bar crawls, because social distancing measures were put into place in every municipality.
Now, with Gov. Phil Murphy’s stay-at-home order and social distancing measures still in place, one of the holiest days on the Christian calendar is facing the same fate. While it is in the best interest of the public health to continue the stay-at-home order, 2020 threatens to be a dreary and dismal year when it comes to the celebration of holidays like St. Patrick’s Day and Easter.
Along with fear of contagion, the economic impact of the COVID-19 cancellations, and the corresponding loss of income, people are also being forced to cope with the cultural impact from the cancellation of public gatherings. Not least of whom are parents, who must find ways to soothe the disappointment of children confined at home who cannot celebrate these holidays in a normal fashion.
In order to boost their spirits and provide local children with some festive cheer, Mayor Michael Gonnelli and the Town Council along with the Secaucus Fire Department will be bringing the Easter Bunny around the town.
The Easter Bunny will be escorted through town on a fire truck for residents and their children to see from their homes as the fire truck drives by. The Easter Bunny will be making his rounds from Thursday April 9 until Saturday, April 11.
Each day, the fire truck will began its Easter Bunny escort at 5 p.m.
The Easter Bunny will visit the South End and Xchange on Thursday, April 9. On Friday, the fire truck will escort the Easter Bunny around the North End, Clarendon and Baker Properties.
Lastly, the festivities will culminate on Saturday, April 11 when the Easter Bunny visits Harmon Cove, Harmon Cove Towers and Roosevelt.
“These are unprecedented times, and difficult too,” Mayor Gonnelli stated in his April 3 update on COVID-19 in town. “However, I would like to remind everyone that it is time to focus on how we live, laugh and work TOGETHER.”
A community pitches in
The town is also coming together to support each other in more practical ways during the pandemic.
According to Mayor Gonnelli, groups of citizens are making reusable masks, individuals and organizations are donating gloves and surgical masks, volunteers are sending meals for hospital staff and first responders, and residents and businesses are donating to the Secaucus Food Pantry.
“What most of us love about this town is that residents really care about our community and neighbors,” Mayor Gonnelli stated. “The Town Council and I are very touched by the number of calls we get from residents and businesses asking us how they can help.”
As of April 7, there were 171 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Secaucus. Two residents have died as a result of the virus.
Secaucus residents are advised to check the town website at www.secaucusnj.gov/virus for official updates on COVID-19 in town.
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