Reaching Montgomery Twp. Offices during State of Emergency

Based upon Governor Murphy’s executive orders of March 21, the Municipal Building is closed until further notice with only minimal staffing. Health, Police, and Sewer Departments are working.

The Drop Box located at the front of the building can be used for Tax, Sewer and any other payments due to the Township. Payments may also be mailed to: 2261 Rt. 206, Belle Mead, NJ 08502.

Code Inspections will be done only by appointment.

Fire Prevention Bureau will accept signed affidavits by homeowners and businesses in lieu of inspections. (More info)

Please email or leave a voicemail message by dialing 908-359-8211 if you need to contact the Township with a non-emergent question or problem.

The Non-Emergency number for Police is 908-359-3222.

The Health Department has a dedicated line 908—533-9319 to be used for questions related to the COVID-19 Virus. All regular business should use the general number of 908-359-8211.

Source: Montgomery Twp. Administration

COVID-19 – Business Impact FAQs

We realize that many of our businesses in Montgomery are experiencing unprecedented disruptions during the current COVID-19 State of Emergency.  Montgomery Township municipal government is here to support you!  Township officials, the Economic Development Commission, and Montgomery Business Association leadership have been working together to assist. The MBA is acting as a conduit for specific questions from Montgomery businesses, and to share answers back from the Township.  Businesses may also email Montgomery Twp. Assistant CFO Dale Melville at dmelville@twp.montgomery.nj.us with their specific questions.

We have developed and are adding to the below list of Federal, State, and County government sources for answers to the most frequent questions that businesses have at this time. Please check back on this COVID-19 Business Information Newsfeed as new info will continue to be posted.


COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave for Workers & Tax Credits for Small / Mid Size Businesses

FROM IRS

https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/treasury-irs-and-labor-announce-plan-to-implement-coronavirus-related-paid-leave-for-workers-and-tax-credits-for-small-and-midsize-businesses-to-swiftly-recover-the-cost-of-providing-coronavirus


COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus Information for New Jersey Businesses FAQs

FROM BUSINESS.NJ.GOV TEAM (Office of Innovation, State of NJ)

https://cv.business.nj.gov

 


Information for NJ Businesses on COVID-19 Outbreak

FROM NJ ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

https://www.njeda.com/about/Public-Information/Coronavirus-Information?fbclid=IwAR0DpfzH45X_kHQpdud-OOrteVVgNNY0s6rdkPgREyBLlXAEiR0LJuX2o28


NJDOL and the Coronavirus (COVID-19): What Employers & Businesses Should Know

FROM NJ DEPT OF LABOR & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

https://www.nj.gov/labor/employer-services/business/covid.shtml

Printable Charts Outlining COVID-19 Related Benefits for NJ Employees


PREPARING YOUR BUSINESS FOR COVID-19

FROM SOMERSET COUNTY BUSINESS PARTERSHIP

https://www.scbp.org/preparing-your-business/

 


GUIDANCE ON PREPARING WORKPLACES FOR COVID-19 – Proper Sanitation for Workplaces

FROM THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY & HEALTH ADMINISTRATION

https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf

What the State of Emergency Means to You

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)
    • Two testing sites are now established at Bergen County Community College and at PNC Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ for those with serious symptoms only. 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 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

NJ State OEM Admin. Order 2020-2 on Mandatory Facility Closures – 3-19-20

STATE OF NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF LAW AND PUBLIC SAFETY DIVISION OF NEW JERSEY STATE POLICE

OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER MANDATORY FACILITY CLOSURES

No. 2020-2

WHEREAS, on March 9, 2020, through Executive Order No. 103, the facts and circumstances of which are adopted by reference herein, the Governor declared both a Public Health Emergency and a State of Emergency throughout the State due to the public health hazard posed by Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19); and

WHEREAS, to further protect the health, safety, and welfare of New Jersey residents by, among other things, reducing the rate of community spread of COVID-19, the Governor issued Executive Order No. 104 (2020) on March 16, 2020, the facts and circumstances of which are also adopted by reference herein, which established statewide social mitigation strategies for combatting COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, Executive Order No. 104 established that certain facilities including casinos, racetracks, gyms, fitness centers, movie theaters, performing arts centers, other concert venues, nightclubs, and other entertainment centers, while vital to the economic health of the State, are also locations where large numbers of individuals gather in close proximity; and

WHEREAS, suspending operations at these businesses is part of the State’s mitigation strategy to combat COVID-19 and reduce the rate of community spread; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to Executive Order No. 104 (2020), the Governor ordered closed as of 8:00 p.m. on March 16,  2020,  certain facilities to members of  the public including casino gaming floors, racetracks, gyms and fitness centers, and entertainment centers; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to paragraph 7 of Executive Order No. 104 (2020), Governor Murphy granted the State Director of Emergency Management, who is the Superintendent of State Police, the discretion to make additions, amendments, clarifications, exceptions, and exclusions to the list of facilities closed to members of the public;

NOW,  THEREFORE,   I,  Patrick  J.   Callahan,   State   Director of  Emergency Management, hereby ORDER as follows:

  1. The following facilities are added to the list of facilities closed to members of the public in accordance with paragraph 7 of Executive Order 104 (2020).
    1. Facilities where personal care services are performed that, by their very nature, result in noncompliance with social distancing guidelines, including but not limited to cosmetology shops; barber shops; beauty salons; hair braiding shops; nail salons; electrology facilities; spas, including day spas and medical spas, at which solely elective and cosmetic medical procedures are performed; massage parlors, tanning salons, tattoo parlors, and public and private social clubs, whether or not they serve alcohol, including but not limited to facilities owned or operated by the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Knights of Columbus, and any other social clubs associated with community service
    2. Health facilities that provide medically necessary or therapeutic services are exempted from this  directive.
  1. This ORDER shall take effect immediately, and the facilities listed above are

ORDERED closed to members of the public effective at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. These facilities shall remain closed to the public for as long as Executive Order No. 104 (2020) remains in effect.

March 19, 2020

Health Department’s COVID-19 Call Line

Statement from Montgomery Township Health Department
Local COVID-19 Call Line
March 19, 2020

 

Montgomery Health Department has developed a hyperlocal call line to address the large volume of inquiries related to COVID 19.

This call line is intended for residents and businesses in our core service area:  Montgomery Township, and the Boroughs of Hopewell, Pennington, and Rocky Hill.

The call line will be staffed Monday-Friday, 8:30-4:30.

The phone number is 908-533-9319

We will post a brief recorded message to answer general questions after hours, and voicemails will be returned the next business day.  Or check out our website at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid19/

If you have questions about your own personal health, please reach out to your healthcare provider.

Stephanie Carey
Health Officer
Serving Montgomery Township & the Boroughs of Hopewell, Pennington & Rocky Hill

Positive COVID-19 Cases in the Community

Statement from Montgomery Township Health Department
March 19, 2020

The Health Department has learned of at least two additional cases of coronavirus in our community, which are not connected to previously identified cases.

This is separate from the previously identified case reported of a student who attends LMS, announced last weekend. ALL LMS parents should monitor their children for fever and cough until March 24, and contact their health care provider should these symptoms develop. It is important to remember that children, like adults, may exhibit very mild or no symptoms and still be able to spread the virus.

Please do not call 911 with questions about coronavirus, unless it is an emergency. 911 is for emergencies.

The Governor has established a 211 hotline for information regarding coronavirus. Montgomery has also set up a Coronavirus hotline for questions: 908-533-9319

The facts cannot be ignored or minimized. The COVID 19 virus is already present in our community, regardless of anyone’s relationship to a specific case. The likelihood of more cases being detected in the community is high. It is critically important that all residents diligently and proactively social distance now and continue until our advisories change. This practice is intended to protect you and your families as well as the health and safety of the entire community.

Stay home. Avoid non-essential trips, and maintain a six-foot distance from other people when you must go out. Doing otherwise threatens your health and the health of others.

This is not the time for sleepovers, play group, birthday parties, friends over, or congregating of any kind.

This is the time when your actions can make the difference between life, illness, and death. They are necessary steps to proactively slow this outbreak. We have learned from countries with outbreaks – social distancing is essential, to reducing the risk of harm to the community.

For the latest information, continue to go to the Health Department’s COVID 19 webpage at:

www.health.montgomery.nj.us/covid19

Stephanie Carey
Health Officer
Serving the Township of Montgomery & the Boroughs of Hopewell, Pennington & Rocky Hill

P.S. See other announcement today with details about using our new call-in number.

SBA Small Business Disaster Loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration approved Governor Murphy’s application for assistance and will now offer low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital up to $2 million to New Jersey small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information, and download applications at: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance.

Please see this link to Download a PowerPoint presentation on “Applying for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL).” This is a read-only file. It will ask for a password. Instead, please click “Read Only” on right to continue reading.  (Click here for PDF version of Slide Screenshots).

See also: SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans – NJ Fact Sheet

Business counseling is available from resource partners at the New Jersey Small Business Centers, SCORE and the Women Business Centers who are available to assist and counsel small business owners via Skype and conference calling if they should need assistance throughout the application process.

Source: Office of Senator Robert Menendez

Health Officer’s Letter: We HAVE to Flatten the Curve

Dear Community,

On March 16, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 104 mandating the closure of certain types of businesses such as malls, movie theaters, gyms, bars and restaurants (except for delivery/pick-up), and announcing other crowd limiting measures. This adds to the series of high-profile closures – schools, sporting events, cultural institutions – already announced.  These strong actions are essential to help control the spread of coronavirus and save lives.

This is part of a group of actions known as “Social Distancing” in response to the public health emergency. If we can reduce crowding, and maintain six feet spacing between each other, the droplets that spread the virus are less likely to find a foothold.

Social distancing doesn’t eliminate all transmission, but it slows the spread, “flattening the curve” of the pandemic – WHICH IS IMPERATIVE. This means that fewer people get sick at a time, so there are enough healthy nurses, equipment, and beds available to care for patients; enough healthy grocery workers to stock the shelves; enough healthy utility workers to keep the lights on.

This situation is rapidly evolving and we know this is stressful. But the best way to reduce stress is to have a plan. Breathe, slow down, and listen to reliable, trusted sources of information. There is a veritable fire hose of information, mistaken information, and malicious disinformation coming at us. Social media is fast but not necessarily accurate. Your local health department is a source of reliable trusted information.

Policies come from Federal and State governments, but making all of this work effectively falls upon you and your local health department. It’s a monumental task, but it’s all hands on deck as Public Health professionals use the best knowledge we can gather to fight the virus’s spread.

Your patience and cooperation is essential to slowing the spread of this serious infectious agent for everyone’s sake, old and young, weak and strong.  It is a stressful time but we can get through it together.  Remember to practice some extra kindnesses too — check in on older neighbors and talk to friends (by phone or standing six feet apart) or take a walk in the fresh air.  We can and must work to overcome this, together.

Montgomery Twp Public Health ShieldBe well—

Stephanie Carey, Health Officer
Montgomery Township and Boroughs of Hopewell, Pennington and Rocky Hill

P.S. See article explaining why Flattening the Spread is Essential:

How canceled events and self-quarantines save lives, in one chart
… This is how we all help slow the spread of coronavirus

Vox.com Article of 3-10-20