Princeton Health Officer Jeff Grosser has recommended that the municipality delay holding meetings in person, and instead continue to hold public meetings via Zoom due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases.
“With the emergence of the highly contagious delta variant and increase in COVID-19 cases
throughout New Jersey and within Princeton, I am recommending we delay the restart of in-person
meetings until further notice,” Grosser wrote in an Aug. 18 memo to the town’s administrator.
Grosser said the Princeton Health Department and Princeton Board of Health will continue to monitor the evolving situation and revisit the return to in-person meetings when COVID19 activity levels have decreased to levels deemed to be safe. Grosser said he conferred with Princeton Board of Health officers in making his decision and they agree with his evaluation and recommendation.
Previously, officials hoped to return to in-person meetings by mid-September.
Grosser will speak briefly at the Princeton Council’s public Zoom meeting at 7 p.m. tonight. At the agenda session last week, officials debated whether to have just Grosser or the entire Board of Health weigh in and make recommendations for the meeting. Council President Leticia Fraga wanted the whole board to weigh in. Officials decided the Board of Health could submit a written report of its own by Friday at noon if the members chose to do so.