Houghtaling & Downey Renew Call for Social Distancing, Urge Residents to Flatten the Curve

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey issued the following statement urging Monmouth County residents and New Jerseyans to continue adhering to social distancing practices in order to stop the spread of COVID-19 in their communities:

“There’s a lot of things we all want to do, but can’t because of social distancing,” said Houghtaling (D-Neptune). “I miss being out in the community, walking on the boardwalk, my gym time, and being together with friends and family - but those activities will still be here once this crisis is over. We appreciate everyone’s continued sacrifices as we work to flatten this curve and keep our loved ones safe. Your efforts are critical to the success of the health workers and first responders on the front lines of our battle against this virus, and we thank you.”

“A lot of the new rules might seem overly strict or scary, but this crisis isn’t like anything we’ve ever faced before,” said Downey (D-Freehold). “It can be tempting to hope that this pandemic won’t be as severe as we fear, or that these safety measures aren’t necessary to flatten the curve. But at the end of the day, if we want to beat this virus, we need to take our cues from science and evidence - not politics or wishful thinking. If we follow these rules and stay focused on our goal of saving as many lives as possible, we will make it through this crisis - together.”

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