Coronavirus: NJ closings, cancellations, delays, schedule changes
As New Jersey's response to several cases of novel coronavirus evolves, several institutions are changing their plans for group gatherings. Those include some special events like St. Patrick's Day parades, and routine gatherings like those for daily business or school activity.
We will keep updating the following list as it's made aware of more cancellations, schedule changes or special arrangements. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any updates from your institution or organization.
Our sister station, New Jersey 101.5 also maintains a standing list of school closings at NJ1015.com/closings.
This list will be updated frequently.
• Gov. Phil Murphy recommended on March 12 ALL public gatherings of more than 250 be cancelled. That includes parades, sporting events and many forms of entertainment.
• The Rabbinical Council of Bergen County will close all of its synagogues and recommended against any social gatherings, NJ.com reports.
• The Montclair Film Festival, which was scheduled for May 1 to 10, will be postponed.
• The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation has closed the museum and canceled public events.
• Newark has ordered non-essential public gatherings be cancelled for the next 30 days. Additionally, the mayor's Sixth Annual State of the City Address, set for Monday, March 16, at New Jersey Performing Arts Center, has been postponed for at least 30 days.
• All Jersey City-sponsored events are cancelled through March 20. All city offices will be appointment-based only, walk-ins will be asked to schedule an appointment
in order to be seen. City venues (restaurants, bars, etc.) that hold more than 25 people are being asked to maintain attendance in case of future need to track exposure. The city has instituted a 10 p.m. curfew effective immediately for all Jersey City establishments carrying a liquor license.
• As of Wednesday, many area parades had been cancelled — even some that officials said days earlier they planned to still hold. South Amboy's parade, which had been scheduled for Sunday, March 15, was postponed indefinitely. Morristown's, originally scheduled for March 14, has been cancelled but may be rescheduled. Jersey City has canceled its parade, originally set for Sunday. Philadelphia announced late Tuesday it would cancel its own parade after the first presumptive positive result in the city. New York City said late Wednesday it would cancel its parade for the first time in the city's history.
• A panel discussion with New Jersey’s current and past lieutenant governors, Sheila Oliver and Kim Guadagno, has been dropped from the schedule of this weekend’s Asbury Park Women’s Conference “out of an abundance of caution.”
• Seton Hall University's Spring Career Fair will no longer be held on Wednesday, March 18, and instead will move to a virtual platform. It's expected to take place the week of April 13, though plans are still in development.
• The Tuesday event "Should Fossil Fuel Companies Pay for Climate Change Damages in New Jersey?" at Monmouth Unversity been canceled.
• Wednesday’s Drew Forum event featuring Valerie Jarrett has been postponed to fall 2020.
• A State House subcontractors networking event that had been scheduled for March 12 is being postponed.
• Senator Troy Singleton's “Boost with Facebook” event for businesses at Rowan College April 3 has been postponed. No new date is yet announced.
• Rider University has canceled a career fair originally scheduled for March 26.
• The NJ Academy of Science Inaugural Seminar Series originally scheduled for March 21 has been postponed to an as-yet undetermined date.
• The Mercer Green Fest originally scheduled for March 14 at Rider University is canceled.
• Pi Day Princeton will become an online-only event.
• The 2020 Progressive Insurance Saltwater Fishing Expo originally scheduled for March 13 to 15 at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center is canceled.
• A Wellness Expo originally planned for March 14 at Georgian Court University is cancelled.
• Starting Wednesday, Hackensack Meridian Health suspending in-person visitation to its nursing and rehabilitation facilities except in special circumstances, such as end-of-life situations. Hackensack Meridian Health also announced visitor restrictions at its medical centers. Visiting hours are now restricted to 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Visitation is limited to two visitors at a time with no visitors under the age of 12 permitted.
• Bayer said Monday it was temporarily closing its campuses in Whippany and Morristown "to implement additional cleaning measures in common areas and as a proactive measure, out of an abundance of caution." Bayer did not say how long its offices would be closed.
• Georgian Court University's Lakewood campus is closed mid-day March 11 through March 15.
• Brookdale Community College will cancel in-person classes through Sunday, March 15.
• Princeton University Monday announced it was canceling large gatherings and urged students to remain home after spring break and take classes online. In updated guidance Wednesday, it told all students who are able to remain home for the remainder of the semseter, and said the school will move to virtual instruction beginning March 23.
• Rowan extended its own spring break for a week to give staff time to make plans in the event of an extended closure.
• Monmouth University Monday canceled classes for the rest of the week -- including online and hybrid classes -- because "a student contacted Health Services to report flu-like symptoms and was transported to Monmouth Medical Center for further evaluation," the school said.
• Kean University canceled out-of-state travel for five athletic teams during spring break this week. It will begin remote education for all campuses on March 16, with plans to resume normal instruction March 30.
• Rutgers University canceled road trips for some of athletic teams and Rutgers suspended its study abroad program. Tuesday, it announced that beginning Thursday, March 12, through the end of spring break on Sunday, March 22, all classes are canceled. Beginning Monday, March 23, through at least Friday, April 3, all course instruction will be delivered remotely. All face-to-face instruction is suspended. This includes any class meetings.
Beginning Monday, March 16, all Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences classes with more than 15 participants will be provided remotely. RBHS deans from the relevant schools will be in touch with students regarding more detailed plans for remote instruction.
The school also said students living in campus residence halls should leave as soon as possible, and canceled events and in-person meetings involving groups larger than 15 participants through April 15.
• Beginning the Monday following Spring Break (March 23), and continuing for a period of two weeks, The College of New Jersey will conduct all classes online. It's encouraging any students who return to campus to practice social distancing, and will require them to take classes online as well.
• Seton Hall is suspending all in-person classes beginning on Wednesday, March 11, through and including Friday, March 13, 2020. All classes will resume online beginning Monday, March 16.
• Stockton University's spring break, which begins March 15, is extended through Tuesday, March 24. From Wednesday. March 25 through Sunday, April 5, Stockton will implement an alternate instructional model, with all classes being held online.
• Rider University plans to hold classes through March 13, until its spring break, as previously scheduled. Spring break will be extended an additional week to March 27. The school has not announced any plans for remote learning after that point but said it is "preparing, should we have to cancel in-person classes, to ensure continuity of our classes and operations."
• Bergen County College will remain open, but all classes are canceled for the week of March 16. Classes will resume Monday, March 23. The college is continuing to work on its plans in the event it decides to close or make changes beyond March 23. A plan for making up the classes from the week of March 16 remains in development.
• NJIT classes will take place virtually once the school returns from the spring recess on March 23, and will continue in that manner until further notice.
• Fairleigh Dickinson University will switch to online-only classes starting March 16.
Several other schools have announced limited closings to give staff members time to make plans in the event long-term closings will be needed later, or because members of their community may have had contact with confirmed or potential coronavirus patients:
• Several schools have postponed SAT testing, NJ.com reports.
• East Brunswick schools closed and canceled activities from March 12 through 15 after a township resident tested positive on March 11.
• Berkeley Heights schools closed March 10 because the parent of a student had coronavirus, the district said in a letter to parents Monday.
• Roselle Public Schools closed March 10 and 11 because a staff member "has reported making contact with someone who is recently diagnosed with coronavirus," the district said in its own statement. The school said it could close for weeks if test results for that person came back positive.
• Red Bank Regional High School closed March 10 and 11 for a “deep cleaning” since a sibling of a student tested “presumed positive” for the COVID-19 virus after attending a conference out of state. After a teenage girl tested positive for the virus, the district announced its virtual learning plan.
• South Brunswick schools closed March 10 because two students were at a private party with a person from out of state later confirmed to have COVID-19. There will not be any home instruction and the day will not count toward the district's required 180 open days. It then moved to remote learning.
The following closings and schedule adjustments have been reported to New Jersey 101.5 via its school closing system. Additionally, you can check your district's own website.
[NOTE: Entries marked "TEST REPORT" are not actual closings.]