Since the onset of this outbreak, we have been living day to day listening to the news, advice from medical experts, rumors and pleas from local authorities.
I have to say, in Lakewood, a city of over 100,000 residents made up of all walks of life, living and working in 26 square miles, that we have had great compliance with Governor Murphy’s declaration of a state of emergency.
To date, we are still advised to slow the spread or flatten the curve, lower the spike – whatever terminology you want to use – that the only way to slow the spread is to stay home.
DO not go to work, close the non-essential businesses, no social gatherings, weddings, bar mitzvas, funerals, no school, religious services in churches, synagogues, mosques etc. By staying home, we can curb the spread of the disease, and by washing hands and using hand sanitizers we can stop the spread.
With the weather getting warmer and the sun shining, we must remember to keep our children from playing with neighbors, keep a social distance (6 feet apart) and limit our interactions with others. While grocery stores and pharmacies remain open, we must be responsible when running an errand, by not taking the entire family out and remembering we still have some days left in this closure or shutdown.
While our officers still have to work at the police department, fire fighters, first aiders, doctors, nurses and volunteers all still have to come to work to keep us safe and sound, we ask that you help us limit our exposure with having to come into contact with the general public. Township offices are now closed to the public, and we all have to do our part so we can get through the hard times. By working together, we can get through this.
I ask you to please stay home, limit outside travel, practice safe practices, wash your hands frequently, pay close attention to your children and phone your sick and elderly and check in with them daily. We shall overcome this and come out stronger and more resilient than before. Please remain calm cool and patient during these days ahead.
I am proud to be the chief of such an amazing city, and will do my best to keep everyone safe and sound.
Stay home, stay safe,
Chief Gregory H. Meyer