Town of Palm Tree imposes state of emergency

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PALM TREE – The Town of Palm Tree and Village of Kiryas Joel have imposed emergency resolutions to protect the residents during the public health crisis from the coronavirus.

“The actions taken today by our leaders, even beyond the demands of state government, will hopefully contribute to the overall health of the community,” said Palm Tree Administrator Gedalye Szegedin.

Governor Cuomo said Thursday that to his knowledge, there are no clusters of coronavirus in Palm Tree/Kiryas Joel.

As per the governor’s orders, public and private schools in the town are closed and the religious leaders in the town have instituted “a most aggressive complete lockdown” of all synagogues, ritual bath houses and all other centers for prayer, libraries and study halls, in order to avoid large gatherings in the community.

Town/village officials said this is the first time in the over 40-year history of Kiryas Joel that these religious sites were locked down from public access.

Szegedin applauded the work of KJ Hatzolah Volunteer EMS, Ezra Choilim Health Center, the KJ Public Safety Department, fire department and Chaverim,  which assists residents in a variety of non-emergency services, Bikur Choilim, which assists families that are hospitalized, Tomchei Shabbos, which sends food packages to the needy.

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