Update from Mayor Al Morgan
Tuesday 6/30 8pm
We are happy to again report no new cases and no new deaths. We currently have only 1 active non-LTC case in New Providence, and no active LTC cases reported to us. Please continue to keep our lost, afflicted, and their families in your thoughts and prayers.
As we are returning to normalcy, it is important to please continue following the CDC’s preventative guide: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html
- Monitor your health; Stay home if you are sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash, then wash hands.
- Maintain social distancing.
- Wear a face covering in all designated areas and where social distancing is difficult. Here is the CDC’s guide for face coverings: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html
Beginning Monday, July 6th, NJ Transit will operate full weekday service for rail and light rail providing added capacity to improve distancing on board vehicles and each vehicle will be at 50% capacity. Bus service has been operating on a regular weekday schedule since Monday, June 8th. Please read the NJ Transit “YOUR RIDE TO RECOVERY” Guide for complete details: https://d2g63oyneaimm8.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/marketing/recovery/Recovery_Guidelines.pdf
For more information, please visit: https://www.njtransit.com/press-releases/nj-transit-rail-and-light-rail-resume-full-weekday-service-july-6
Governor Murphy and Department of Education Commissioner Lamont O. Repollet announced the release of “The Road Back: Restart and Recovery Plan for Education”: https://www.nj.gov/education/reopening/NJDOETheRoadBack.pdf to assist schools with reopening in the fall. The guidance announces that, absent a change in public health data, public schools will open for in-person instruction and operations in some capacity at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. The guidance includes minimum standards such as following certain social distancing practices in classrooms, face covering measures for students and staff, implementing hybrid learning environments in which students receive both in-person and remote instruction, staggering meal times, discontinuing self-serve or buffet lines, having students eat meals outside or in their classrooms, requiring staff to disinfect eating areas between groups, recess in staggered shifts with efforts to promote social distancing and hygiene protocols. For more information please visit here for a summary of the guidance:
Click here for the full guidance:
The Governor had planned to loosen restrictions this week on indoor dining, however, after COVID19 spikes in other states driven by, in part, the return of indoor dining, the Governor decided to postpone indoor dining indefinitely. I know this is very disappointing news, especially for our local restaurant establishments. Please continue to support all of our local restaurants, outdoor dining, take out, and local curbside deliveries. We will continue to keep you updated as we receive confirmed information.
Be well, stay safe, and keep strong! Even with two steps forward, and one step back, we are still one day closer to normalcy. Pioneer Strong!
-Mayor Al Morgan