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The County cumulative count of Westwood confirmed positive Covid 19 cases reported last night, 7/12, is 234.
The current active count with Chief Pontillo adjusting for removals is 4. This is down two from my last report.
Traffic has been picking up around Westwood both on our freshly paved roads, and in the central business district. It is an indication that residents feel safer moving about, businesses are attracting customers, and we are finding our footing in this current phase of reopening.
The increasingly necessary expansion of retail, services, and indoor dining still await the Governor’s go ahead. However, our earlier pandemic measures remain in place: multiple curbside pickup spots can still be found on each downtown block; outdoor retail and dining is permitted, encouraged, and well attended; picnic tables are available in Veterans’ Park for alfresco dining.
Additional measures have more recently been taken to permit outdoor fitness classes and small group recreation in our parks; children’s camps and athletic practices are live; additional attention has been given to trash collection throughout the central business district; the library has reactivated circulation; an open air live arts program is slated to begin downtown this weekend and run through the fall.
As a community, we continue to take steps toward normalcy including the reinstatement of parking meter collections. The Westwood Parking Authority paused their enforcement during the height of the pandemic recognizing the abundance of underused parking and the need to support our small businesses and their employees. Now, as things thankfully pick back up, enforcement, to facilitate the recovery, will gradually begin once again. Still, Westwood maintains one of the lowest hourly parking rates for comparable municipalities in the area. We look forward to continuing to improve our parking experience through the implementation of the touch-less ParkMobile app in the coming weeks. The municipal parking stalls are currently being mapped to link with the provider’s software program.
Above all, please continue to wear your mask, wash your hands frequently, and practice social distancing. We can build upon our success and avoid setbacks by scrupulously following the CDC guidelines. We need to care for each other, precisely the way we’d want others to care about us and our loved ones.
With CoVid 19, an ounce of prevention produces a firewall that will thwart pounds of pain.