Statement Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) From Mayor Raymond A. Giacobbe and The Rahway City Council

As the safety and well-being of our residents is the highest priority of the City of Rahway’s municipal government, we have been actively monitoring developments regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This includes guidance issued by the federal and state government and recommendations of the City’s Health Officer.

Of particular concern are City-sponsored events and programs which involve social gatherings and potential personal contact. We are taking a tiered approach for different age groups within our population.

Our senior citizens may be at higher risk to be affected by the virus. Therefore, programming for senior citizens at the Rahway Senior Center is cancelled through March 31. This includes all classes, clubs, registration sessions, bingo, healthy lunch, blood pressure screening, and the birthday breakfast scheduled for March 25.

We will continue to offer Senior Transportation Service as normally scheduled. We recognize that this is a vital service to our senior citizens which enables them to travel for medical care and to shop for food and other essential items. The City’s bus will be stocked with disinfectant wipes and all touchable surfaces will be cleaned at least twice daily. Riders will be encouraged to disinfect their seating areas before and after use.

We will also continue to offer free income tax assistance at the Rahway Senior Center Annex by appointment on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. We are maintaining this important service to help our residents prepare and file their income taxes by the April 15 deadline.

Out of an abundance of caution, we are canceling programs for pre-school age children at the Rahway Recreation Center through March 31. This includes the Toddler Time program for children ages 18 months to three years and our Arts & Craft program for children ages three through five.

At this time, all other City-sponsored events and programming will continue as planned. All City facilities are being disinfected with increased frequency. We will continue to monitor developments and guidance and announce any additional actions as necessary.

We urge all residents to stay informed regarding the coronavirus outbreak, take appropriate precautions, and exercise personal judgment regarding social activities and personal contact. Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be accessed at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov.

Questions or concerns about the City’s response to the coronavirus outbreak may be directed to Joe Brown, Mayor Giacobbe’s Advisor for Constituent Services, at jbrown@cityofrahway.com or (732) 827-2004.