Businesses in Bayonne are reopening carefully and gradually in accordance with state policy. We urge you to shop and dine in in Bayonne to support our local businesses and their employees.
Last week, local videographer Greg Bukshowany produced a video, Bayonne Strong, which features dozens of Bayonne businesses. The goal of the video is to remind us that we should support the enterprises that are crucial to our local economy. Bayonne Strong includes images of restaurants, bakeries, clothing stores, insurance agencies, drug stores, banks, legal offices, jewelers, daycare centers, laundromats, dry cleaners, pretzel dealers, dance studios, ice cream shops, pet businesses, florists, bagel shops, liquor dealers, gyms, professional services, and others. That video is available on YouTube. I hope everyone enjoys Bayonne Strong and will patronize all of our local businesses, whether they are in the video or not.
While supporting our local economy, we still need to be cautious about our health, because the Coronavirus is still active. The virus has been spreading with particular force in the southern and western states. Please continue to maintain social distancing wherever that is possible. Although you are not required to wear a mask outside, it is helpful if you do so. You must wear a mask in grocery stores and drug stores. Please observe the signs posted by businesses that announce how many customers are allowed inside at any one time.
Please continue to maintain good hygiene. Wash your hands frequently. Wear disposable gloves when shopping or handling things that have been touched by others. At restaurants, please be sure to observe the rules about where to sit and which tables to use.
This week, City Hall has begun a phased return to normal. In order to reduce the chances for a spread of the Coronavirus to the entire municipal workforce, our City Hall employees will be working in different shifts. Last week, municipal employees were tested for the Coronavirus. We will continue regular testing as long as necessary. Please continue to use municipal services by telephone, the Internet, mail, and fax. We will be installing more equipment at City Hall to hold conferences online, instead of in person. We are making every effort to communicate and provide services while reducing the opportunities for the virus to spread.
We welcome the phased reopening of the economy. We must continue to take all appropriate steps to stop the spread of the Coronavirus.