American Dream is subject to delays yet again, this time due to the coronavirus pandemic.
This month’s celebrations, including a slew of retail openings and that of DreamWorks Animation Water Park, were set for March 19. But a spokesperson told NJBIZ that that those and other events through March 22 “are being postponed in consideration of the public safety and health of our community, which is our top priority.”
“We … will provide information about new dates in the future when it is a more appropriate time for celebration,” a spokesperson said.
COVID-19 has prompted a number of event cancellations and postponements, along with closures of schools, universities and offices, as health officials discourage the public from spending time in large crowds.
The number of presumptive positive COVID-19 cases in New Jersey is at 50 following 21 new positive test results, announced by Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday. One man, John Brennan, died of the virus on March 10 at Hackensack University Medical Center.
On March 12, Murphy recommended that all gatherings of 250 people or more be cancelled. He also declared a state of emergency and a public health emergency on March 9 to allow state agencies and departments to utilize state resources to assist communities affected by COVID-19.
At American Dream, retailers Aritzia, Zara, Sephora, H&M, UNIQLO, Primark, Ulta Beatuy, Old Navy, and Morphe were supposed to welcome their first customers on March 19, and more openings were planned throughout 2020.
The spokesperson said he “will share more details once we have them.”