What the State of Emergency Means to You

Posted on March 20, 2020

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STATE OF EMERGENCY: WHAT IT MEANS TO YOU

IMPORTANT UPDATES:

  1. Health Dept.: COVID-19 Questions: Call-Line # 908-533-9319 (M-F 8-4:30)
    • A testing site is now established at Bergen County Community College for those with serious symptoms only. Somerset County working on a testing site closer to us soon. See Health Officer’s 3-20-20 Message on Testing Site.
    • Social Distancing is essential to help “Flatten the Curve” of this pandemic. We expect that these restrictions will last into the foreseeable future.
  1. Police Dept.: Our residents and businesses are reminded to comply with directions or orders that are issued. This is in the best interest of everyone. Go to the website of the Office of the Governor for Exec. Orders: https://www.state.nj.us/governor/
    • Police will be on patrol, protecting business locations closed at this time. At the same time, any business found to be in violation of the Governor’s Executive Orders (OEM Admin. Order 2020-2) regarding closure / hours of operations will be issued one warning, a second violation will result in a summons which could include a fine of up to $1000.00.

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MONTGOMERY DECLARES A STATE OF EMERGENCY

Montgomery Township officials on Thursday declared a State of Emergency for Montgomery Township.  This will enable the Township to further protect, support, and offer services to the community during the coronavirus outbreak.

Here are some highlights to explain what the declaration means for Montgomery residents and businesses:

  • Township Committee meetings will be held virtually until further notice, kept concise, but offering opportunities for public comment, as usual.
  • All other Board/Committee/Commission meetings are temporarily canceled through the end of the month (March 31), when future actions will be considered.
  • All municipally sponsored events and private events on municipal property are canceled through April 30.  The Declaration also closes Township playgrounds and the Otto Kauffman Center during this time. We also urge private HOA playgrounds to close.
  • The Police Department offices will remain open for emergencies, and all non-emergency issues will be required to be conducted by telephonic or electronic means.
  • All other municipal departments will be closed to the public except by appointment only (908-359-8211).  The public will be able to conduct business via mail, telephone or electronic means.
  • All non-essential businesses are urged to limit operations and/or close to the public to prevent further COVID-19 spread.
  • The Township Administrator is temporarily authorized and empowered to hire any employees and to enter into service agreement(s) with any independent contractors as may be necessary to address the needs of the Township during this period of emergency.
  • All Township agencies shall coordinate and communicate with the Montgomery Township Office of Emergency Management.

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Taking Care of You: A Message from Montgomery Health

  • It is important to stay physically and mentally healthy during this extraordinary time. Hydrate, eat well, get rest, talk to friends by phone, and exercise in ways that maintain six-foot social distancing—walk, jog, ride a bike … and enjoy some fresh air.  Montgomery Parks, with the exception of playgrounds, will remain open and may be enjoyed if social distancing measures are observed. https://recreation.montgomery.nj.us/parks/
  • Who Cares? We do! NJ Mental Health Cares is NJ’s behavioral health information and referral service. Toll Free line  877-294-HELP (4357), M-F 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Email: https://www.njmentalhealthcares.org/contact/, TTY line for the deaf and hearing impaired is (877) 294-4356.  If you are having an emotional crisis, call 24/7 local Psychiatric Emergency Screening Services (PESS) Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services, Somerville at: 908-526-4100  24/7

 

Source: Montgomery Twp. Administration, OEM, Police & Health