Weehawken suspends COVID-19 testing at Tower Plaza Mall until July 17

Those with July 10 appointments may be seen on the 17th

Weehawken Municipal Building reopened to the public on July 8.
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Weehawken Municipal Building reopened to the public on July 8.

Due to unforeseen circumstance and the inclement weather, the COVID-19 testing site for Weehawken and Union City residents at the Tower Plaza Mall, near the former ACME grocery store, is not operating on July 10, according to a statement by Mayor Richard Turner and the Township Council.

Heavy winds and rain from Tropical Storm Fay have been buffeting Hudson County throughout the day.

Since the testing center is a tent, severe weather will be a factor in determining when the testing center will be operational.

Testing will resume on July 17. Residents with an appointment for July 10 may visit the center on the 17.

Residents who have already registered will not have to register again to change their appointment.

Weehawken has been testing for active infections and antibodies at the Tower Plaza Mall site once a week, since June 19. At this site, tests are given through a fingerstick test. Results are available within 24 hours.

To register, visit nh.nj.us. Those without internet access can call 201-773-7630

The North Hudson Testing Site on 36th Street in Union City is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Residents should call 201-366-8465 for an appointment.

Weehawken reopening

While the State of Emergency remains in effect in the township, many facets of life have changed as reopening continues. The curfew has changed to 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. and is still in effect.

The Township Municipal Building reopened to the public on June 8. The building will be open from Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admittance will be limited to the lobby where employees will assist residents.

The township recommends that residents call and schedule an appointment if possible. All departments are staffed and answering the phone.

On July 6, Weehawken reopened some oplaygrounds. For a list of which playgrounds have reopened, check the Weehawken official website. The soccer field, track, and softball field will remain closed.

The Waterfront Park and Concert Park have been open since June 19. Activities allowed at the park have expanded.

Picnicking, sitting on benches, walking, and biking on paths are allowed in both parks.

At the Waterfront Park, jogging is now allowed on the track on a limited and controlled basis. Residents must follow security instructions. Parking is limited to Weehawken residents only at the Waterfront Park.

At both parks, masks or face coverings must be in place the entire time. Everyone must practice social distancing. No dogs or pets are allowed in the parks.

At the Concert Park, no jogging is permitted.

The tennis courts have opened at the Waterfront Park for Weehawken residents only, for singles play. Court time is available by reservation from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m., weather permitting.

To schedule an appointment, call the Recreation Office. The office is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Only one-hour of court time per week. A waiting list will be established if additional court time becomes available.

As of July 8, Weehawken only has 4 active COVID-19 cases. 324 residents have recovered and been cleared of the virus per CDC protocol. In total, 23 Weehawken residents have died from the virus.

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