Steven Fulop, Jersey City’s mayor, has declared that all municipal workers will return to their assigned work sites by May 3, with proper safety precautions in place. Fulop says backlogs are building in offices like tax collection and vital records. Some epidemiologists think the early May return date is too soon and that more people need to be vaccinated first. And the largest union is pushing back.
Other towns are taking a slower approach — staying hybrid and keeping an eye on infectious variants. Gov. Phil Murphy says he expects the new normal will incorporate more work-from-home options for private, city and state workers.