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A good read about about COVID-19 from our friends at the New Jersey Poison Center.
With the current churning of the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico due to the TWO tropical storms, Marco and Laura, it is a good time to check your hurricane preparations. Below is a link to a good list of considerations when planning for hurricane season.
From gathering necessities to understanding the hazards once the winds have ceased, these seven steps will ensure you are prepared for a major storm
Old Bridge Township Police Department
*** UPDATE: juvenile has been located ***
For those out of work because of layoffs due to COVID-19, the State of New Jersey has portioned part of their COVID-19 website to jobs. It lists companies that are currently hiring. See the link below.
The State of New Jersey has developed a centralized resource to match talent with opportunities in industries on the front lines of serving New Jerseyans during the outbreak. Did you lose your job or have your hours reduced as a result of COVID-19? Businesses across New Jersey need thousands of work...
From the New Jersey Department of Labor
Governor Phil Murphy
We’re opening a #COVID19 Community-Based Testing Site TOMORROW at PNC Bank Arts Center.
To be eligible for testing, you must be:
☑️Current NJ resident
☑️Experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness
Testing will begin at 8:00 AM & continue while supplies last.
Gates at PNC Banks Arts Center will not open until 8:00 a.m. and individuals will not be permitted to line up along the Garden State Parkway. The commuter lots will be closed.
Tomorrow’s opening is an important step in dramatically ramping up our testing capabilities throughout the state.
In just two days at our Bergen Community College testing site, we’ve tested over 1,000 individuals.
By expanding access to testing, we WILL #FlattenTheCurve.
Governor Phil Murphy
BREAKING: I just signed an Executive Order directing nearly all residents to STAY AT HOME.
ALL gatherings are canceled.
ALL non-essential retail businesses must indefinitely close their physical stores to the public effective 9:00 p.m. tonight.
New Jerseyans can still take a walk outside, go buy groceries, or get take-out from a local restaurant.
But, otherwise, STAY AT HOME.
This is a time for us all to come together to flatten the curve, slow, and eventually halt the spread of #COVID19.
Only critical businesses may remain open:
🩹Medical supply stores
🐶Pet supply stores
🍽️Restaurants and bars providing take-out and delivery only
For a complete list of businesses allowed to remain open, visit covid19.nj.gov
ALL other retail businesses must close, and all businesses must move to 100% work-from-home wherever possible.
Hospitals and health care facilities will remain open.
Essential public health, safety, and social services will remain accessible.
Governor Phil Murphy
📢NEW WEBSITE ALERT📢
We've just launched covid19.nj.gov, a hub for #COVID19 live updates, critical resources, expert knowledge, and vital information.
Please share widely.
New Jersey Office of Emergency Management
The current COVID-19 response does not include a travel restriction.
Essential Employee Credentialing is only recommended when a travel restriction is set in place per Executive or Administrative Order (example: snow storm).
***An Essential Employee Credential is not required at this time***
New Jersey Essential Employee Guidance
Who is an essential employee?
Essential employees: Employees who are designated as required to work when an office closing is authorized, usually in operations that must provide services around the clock. The designation of essential can depend upon the employees’ duties, as well as the circumstances for the closing.
Non-essential employees: Employees who are not required to work when an office closing is authorized. Occasionally, non-essential employees may be required to work if skeleton crews must be maintained or if specific work must be performed to meet deadlines.
According to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA): “If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule.”
It is very important to note: Each business which meets the criteria of essential, needs to additionally determine which of their employees are essential to their operations.
Please refer to the following Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce which can be reviewed at this link: https://www.cisa.gov/publication/guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workforce
What is the Essential Employee Credentialing Project?
The Essential Employee Credentialing Project is designed for the registration and identification of employees who are considered essential and who, by nature of their employment responsibilities require travel authorization during a declared Governor’s State of Emergency Travel Restriction.
***PLEASE NOTE: THERE IS NO TRAVEL RESTRICTION AT THIS TIME***
For more information visit http://ready.nj.gov/programs/essential-employees.shtml.
State of New Jersey
New Jersey State Police
New Jersey Department of Transportation
New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
New Jersey Department of Health
NJ Department of Human Services
New Jersey Department of Children and Families
NJ Transit Police
FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency
New Jersey National Guard
The Old Bridge Township Office of Emergency Management is looking for supplies to support Township Police, Fire and First Aid.
Anyone able to donate supplies can call OEM Deputy Coordinator, Mike Petschauer at 848-565-1324 or email [email protected].
Thank you for your support
Executive Order No. 107
This order revokes all prior mitigation executive orders, and incorporates or modifies their provisions as described below.
“Stay at home” order:
All residents are to stay at home or at their place of residence unless they are leaving for the following reasons:
1) Obtaining goods or services from essential retail businesses;
2) Obtaining takeout or food beverages from restaurants;
3) Seeking medical attention, essential social services, or assistance from law enforcement;
4) Visiting family or close friends, caretakers, or romantic partners;
5) Reporting to or performing their job;
6) Walking, running, or engaging in outdoor activities with immediate family, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners;
7) Leaving for an educational, religious, or political reason;
8) Leaving because of a reasonable fear for health or safety; or
9) Leaving at the direction of law enforcement or other government agency.
Individuals who have to travel must practice social distancing when possible and should use public transportation only if they have no other feasible choice.
Gatherings of individuals, such as parties, celebrations, or other social events, are cancelled, unless otherwise authorized by the Order (i.e. the activities mentioned above). Through a separate Administrative Order, the Colonel of NJSP will make clear that gatherings of fewer than 10 people are presumed to comply with the Order, unless clear evidence indicates otherwise. Colonel Callahan will have the ability to adjust that number and that rule according to circumstances and facts on the ground.
Closing non-essential retail businesses:
All non-essential retail businesses, which were previously limited to between 5 am and 8 pm, must now close entirely (online delivery can continue). The list of essential retail businesses that can stay open is limited to the following (Colonel Callahan has authority to amend the list):
1) Grocery and food stores, including retailers like Walmart/Target that sell food;
2) Pharmacies and medical marijuana dispensaries;
3) Medical supply stores;
4) Gas stations;
5) Convenience stores;
6) Ancillary stores within healthcare facilities;
7) Hardware and home improvement stores;
8) Banks and other financial institutions;
9) Laundromats/dry-cleaning services;
10) Stores that principally sell supplies for children under five years old;
11) Pet stores;
12) Liquor stores;
13) Car dealerships, but only for auto maintenance and repair, and auto mechanics;
14) Printing and office supply shops;
15) Mail and delivery stores.
All businesses or non-profits in the State must accommodate their workforce, wherever practicable, for telework or work-from-home arrangements. If a business or nonprofit has employees that must be on site, it shall reduce staff on site to the minimal number necessary to ensure critical operations can continue. Examples of employees who need to be present at their work site include: law enforcement officers, fire fighters, and other first responders, cashiers or store clerks, construction workers, utility workers, repair workers, warehouse workers, lab researchers, information technology maintenance workers, janitorial and custodial staff, and certain administrative staff.
Recreational and entertainment businesses:
All are closed. This is unchanged from what is currently in place but the order reiterates these prohibitions.
Restaurants and other dining establishments:
All can remain open, but must continue to be delivery and/or takeout only. This is also unchanged.
Pre-K, K-12, and higher education:
All continue to be closed to students. This is unchanged as well.
Nothing in the order shall be construed to affect the operations of (1) health care or medical service providers; (2) access to essential services for low-income residents, including but not limited to food banks; (3) the media; (4) law enforcement; and (5) the operations of the federal government or the movement of federal officials when operating in their official capacity.
The order will go into effect at 9PM tonight to accommodate the end of the sabbath. It will stay in effect until the Governor revokes or modifies it.
Executive Order No. 108
This Order clearly invalidates all county and municipal restrictions imposed in response to COVID-19 that conflict in any way with the provisions of Executive Order No. 107, which now encompasses all the emergency restrictions on individuals and businesses that have been put in place. It also says that no county or municipality may adopt or enforce any such restriction going forward. Examples of such restrictions, now impermissible, include the following:
• Any additions to or deletions from the list of retail businesses deemed essential;
• Any limit on any business’s scope of service or hours of operation;
• Any density or social distancing requirements; or
• Any general restrictions on freedom of movement, including curfews.
Business information on the latest Governor's mandate that he established in his press conference today.
So of you may be too young to know who his father is but this is a PSA from a comedic genius!!! @Melbrooks
“A message from me and my dad, @Melbrooks. #coronavirus #DontBeASpreader https://t.co/Hqhc4fFXbe”
For information on the Old Bridge Township Schools remote learning, visit the site below:
And here are some ways to entertain and keep them active while home:
Effect at 8 p.m. this evening, all Township buildings are closed to public access.
So what does today's Executive Order from the Governor mean for you? According to Executive Order 104 from the Governor:
1. An 8 p.m. curfew is currently NOT in effect throughout the State of New Jersey though it is HIGHLY recommended that you stay home during those hours.
2. For the next eight (8) weeks all social and recreational gatherings of fifty (50) or more people is canceled or postponed.
3. All public and private schools will be closed until further notice. Online learning for students is being setup and you should follow Superintendent Cittadino for more information on that.
4. Entertainment venues such as casino, movie theaters, performing arts venues, etc., as well as fitness center and gyms are to close. Atlantic City casino's are also closed for business.
5. Restaurants are closed for dine-in services ONLY. Restaurants may still offer take out and delivery of food. Bars are closed until further notice, with the exception of walk-in services (i.e. liquor stores) and take-out services (barring that the drink is in its original container, i.e. bottled beer).
6. Businesses the are deemed NON-ESSENTIAL must close at 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. From 5 a.m. until 8 p.m., MUST limit their occupancy to no more that fifty (50) people at any one time AND a must be able to maintain a constant "social distance" between individuals. ESSENTIAL businesses include supermarkets, gas stations, pharmacies, medical supply stores, healthcare facilities, and ancillary stores within healthcare facilities.
This is being done to limit the amount of interpersonal transactions between people in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus from one person to another.
As always stay safe, remember basic hygiene and basic humanity.
Be sure to also sign up for the CodeRED notification system and listed in one of our previous updates.
We would like, if you haven't already, to sign up for CodeRED to receive emergency notifications. The Township NO LONGER uses the Nixle system for notifications. With the current state of pretty much the entire world, these emergency notifications may be imperative to your safety. It is highly recommended that you sign up for both text and email notifications and the phone call delivery to ensure you are completely notified.
PLEASE ALSO FORWARD THIS TO ANY FAMILY, FRIENDS OR NEIGHBORS THAT LIVE IN TOWN THAT MAY NOT FOLLOW US. The more people we can get signed up...is the more that can be notified if important information.
The link to sign up is:
A message from the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission:
NJMVC Extends Expiration Dates for Driver Licenses, Registrations, and Inspections In Response to COVID-19 Outbreak
TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy and New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Chief Administrator Sue Fulton have announced that due to the COVID-19 outbreak and to protect the public, the MVC will extend expiration dates for driver licenses, registrations, and inspection stickers.
Effective immediately, the NJMVC will grant a two-month extension for:
Driver licenses expiring in March, April, and May
Registrations expiring in March, April, and May
Inspection stickers expiring in March, April, and May
“All residents who have their driver’s licenses, auto registration, or vehicle inspection due for a renewal by May 31 will receive an automatic two-month extension,’’ said Governor Murphy. “Keeping New Jerseyans out of crowded Motor Vehicle agencies is another step we can take to limit exposure and hold the line against the spread of COVID-19.”
“Extending the expiration dates will reduce the numbers of customers who come through our agencies daily, helping us to reduce the risk to New Jerseyans,” said Motor Vehicle Commission Chief Administrator Sue Fulton. “We also strongly encourage customers to renew their licenses and registrations online if they are eligible.”
For expiration dates falling in March, the renewal deadline is extended to May; for expiration dates falling in April, the renewal deadline is extended to June; for expiration dates falling in May, the renewal deadline is extended to July.
By law, Chief Administrator Fulton has the authority to extend expiration dates when a State of Emergency has been declared. Governor Murphy declared a State of Emergency and Public Health Emergency on March 9 as part of the state’s coordinated response to limit the spread of COVID-19.
The NJMVC continues to encourage those customers who are eligible to conduct online transactions, including license renewals, vehicle registrations and change of address, to do so by visiting NJMVC.gov.
Customers should check NJMVC.gov for the latest information and updates.
The official website of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission.
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