Free Covid-19 Testing 6/20 & 6/23

SATURDAY, JUNE 20th, 2020
&
TUESDAY, JUNE 23rd, 2020
8 A.M.—12 P.M.
WEST WINDSOR TOWNSHIP COMMUNITY PARK
198 PRINCETON HIGHTSTOWN ROAD
WEST WINDSOR, NJ 08550

 

 DRIVE-UP OR WALK-UP
 FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED , MAXIMUM TEST/DAY = 300
 OPEN TO NJ RESIDENTS AND NJ STATE, COUNTY OR MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES
 GUIDED SELF-SWAB NASAL TEST—PRC
 NO CHARGE & NO PRESCRIPTION REQUIRED
 IF YOU HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE YOU WILL BE ASKED TO PROVIDE YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE , BUT HAVING HEALTH INSURANCE IS NOT REQUIRED
 ATTENDEES MUST WEAR A MASK AND PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING

NEED MORE INFORMATION : CALL WEST WINDSOR HEALTH DEPARTMENT 609-936-8400

Offered in partnership:
FEMA
New Jersey Department of Health
West Windsor Township

June 15 – Stage 2 of Reopening Begins, Other News, Case Count Report

Stage 2 of State’s Reopening Plan Starts Today, June 15

New Jersey is entering Stage 2 of its restart and recovery plan today, Monday, June 15 with the return of outdoor dining and in-person retail shopping.

NJ Motor Vehicle Agencies reopened today with new safety protocols. On Monday, June 22, beauty salons, nail salons, barber shops, spas, tanning salons, and massage parlors can reopen.  Public pools and private bathing facilities may also open on June 22.

In the period to follow, specific dates will be given for gyms and health clubs to be allowed to reopen.

Outdoor gathering limits have been increased to 100 and indoor groups limited to lesser of 50 or 25% of the capacity of the room, with proper social distancing precautions. See News Bulletin and Executive Order #152.

This is a phased-in restart, prioritizing the public’s health. The Montgomery Health Dept. stresses that customers and businesses should adhere to the NJ Department of Health guidance including social distancing and wearing masks.

Governor Phil Murphy urged the use of wise precaution, saying, “Let’s use common sense for the common good. Only a successful Stage 2 can get us to Stage 3.”

Stage 2 is ‘Additional activities permitted that can be more easily safeguarded’ and Stage 3 is defined as ‘Most activities allowed with safeguarding.’

Governor Murphy cited reduced pressure currently on the health care system and said key metrics have all dropped meaningfully from the peak.

The state has ramped-up its testing capabilities and New Jersey has the ability to conduct at least 20,000 tests per day. With increased testing there will be an increased focus on contact tracing.

Day care centers also reopen today.  Outdoor, non-contact organized sports can resume June 22, and youth day camps can operate beginning July 6, all with restrictions.

To track all of the Governor’s latest Executive Orders on reopening, go to: https://nj.gov/infobank/eo/056murphy/approved/eo_archive.html


Twp. Committee Virtual Meeting Thursday, June 18th

Thursday June 18th at 7 PM, the Montgomery Township Committee will meet via Zoom. This meeting will be broadcast live and on demand on the Township website and on Comcast Channel 29.

The meeting will include a COVID-19 update by Township Health Officer Stephanie Carey.

Anyone who would like to ask a question or make a comment is welcome to do so by phone by dialing in to 646 558 8656 US and providing Meeting ID: 899 2555 2470 or email to publiccomment@twp.montgomery.nj.us.

Please see  Viewing and Public Comment Instructions on our meetings calendar and the meeting agenda on the Elected Officials’ Agendas & Minutes webpage.

 


 

MHS Students Virtual Coffeehouse Thursday!

The students of the Montgomery High School Music Department are excited to virtually present an evening of beautiful music on June 18th at 7:00pm. We hope your family can join us as our students share their talents with you from home.

The coffeehouse will feature about 35 different MHS students performing a large variety of genres of music from classical to pop.

Please mark your calendars and visit the school district’s main website on Thursday, June 18th at 7:00pm when we will air the performances (you’ll find a link on the website.  Bookmark the exact webpage at: https://www.mtsd.k12.nj.us/Page/17140). We hope you can join us for some amazing music by our incredibly talented students!

 


 

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

 

As of 9 am today, 6/15

NJ cases: 167,103
NJ deaths: 12,676
Somerset County cases: 4,764
Somerset County deaths: 437
Montgomery cases:  109
Montgomery deaths: 7
Montgomery presumed recovered: 99 a
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0
Rocky Hill presumed recovered: 6 a

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

6      <20
12      20-29
18      30-39
16      40-49
23      50-59
17      60-69
4      70-79
19      80+

Total 115 cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill

a “Presumed recovered” means 30 days have elapsed since individual’s diagnosis and the person is not hospitalized.

For further statistics, go to the Health Dept.’s COVID-19 portal: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid19/,  State of NJ DOH’s COVID-19 Case Chart , and https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

*****DISCLAIMER***** Reported numbers on this page may not match the figures provided on the Somerset County page.  This is due to differences in reporting times.

Testing Site info found at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/.

 

 

COVID-19 Testing-Site Hotline Offers New Hours

Call to Make Appointments

The Somerset County Department of Health has announced new hours of operation for the Somerset-Hunterdon COVID-19 hotline where eligible residents can make testing-site appointments.  Residents who do not have computer access or who would like to schedule an appointment for children ages five- to 18-years of age can call the COVID-19 testing information line at 908-237-7150 on Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Testing is free-of-charge and is available to Hunterdon and Somerset County residents who are age five years and older. Appointments for adults can also be made online at https://somerset hunterdon.adlabscovidtest.com.

Upcoming testing dates are Thursday, June 18 and Thursday, June 25 at Raritan Valley Community College, located at 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg.  Hunterdon and Somerset County residents who are exhibiting symptoms and have an appointment can visit the drive-thru COVID-19 testing center between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on these dates.

Patients must schedule an appointment for testing. Anyone who does not have an appointment and a valid prescription or written order from their physician will be turned away.

Patients can provide a copy of their prescription, either by bringing it with them to the testing site or by sending it via email before their appointment. Patients or their physicians, can send the written authorization to the Somerset County Department of Health at coronavirus@co.somerset.nj.us, with the word “Prescription” in the subject line, or fax the prescription to 908-704-8042.

For information about COVID-19 testing-site updates, visit www.co.somerset.nj.us/covid19status or email coronavirus@co.somerset.nj.us.

Call to Make Appointments

The Somerset County Department of Health has announced new hours of operation for the Somerset-Hunterdon COVID-19 hotline where eligible residents can make testing-site appointments.  Residents who do not have computer access or who would like to schedule an appointment for children ages five- to 18-years of age can call the COVID-19 testing information line at 908-237-7150 on Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Testing is free-of-charge and is available to Hunterdon and Somerset County residents who are age five years and older. Appointments for adults can also be made online at https://somerset hunterdon.adlabscovidtest.com.

Upcoming testing dates are Thursday, June 18 and Thursday, June 25 at Raritan Valley Community College, located at 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg.  Hunterdon and Somerset County residents who are exhibiting symptoms and have an appointment can visit the drive-thru COVID-19 testing center between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on these dates.

Patients must schedule an appointment for testing. Anyone who does not have an appointment and a valid prescription or written order from their physician will be turned away.

Patients can provide a copy of their prescription, either by bringing it with them to the testing site or by sending it via email before their appointment. Patients or their physicians, can send the written authorization to the Somerset County Department of Health at coronavirus@co.somerset.nj.us, with the word “Prescription” in the subject line, or fax the prescription to 908-704-8042.

For information about COVID-19 testing-site updates, visit www.co.somerset.nj.us/covid19status or email coronavirus@co.somerset.nj.us.

Guidance on Libraries, Schools, R.E. Open Houses, Car Washes, Yard Sales, Tutoring, Special Events

Administrative Order 2020-15 – Explaining Reopening of Venues, Libraries, Schools, Real Estate Open Houses, Essential Retail Businesses, Car Washes, Yard Sales, Special Events, and continued closure of shared-space Private Tutoring Facilities:

https://health.montgomery.nj.us/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Administrative-Order-Libraries-Other-Businesses-061520.pdf

To view all Executive Orders, go to: https://nj.gov/infobank/eo/056murphy/approved/eo_archive.html

 

Executive Order #154 Allows Personal Care Service Facilities to Open June 22

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Allowing Personal Care Service Facilities to Open Effective June 22

Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 154, allowing personal care service facilities to reopen to the public on Monday, June 22 at 6:00 a.m., provided the facilities comply with standards issued by the Division of Consumer Affairs and Department of Health.

“We’re able to confidently announce this important step in our restart and recovery because the health metrics tell us we can,” said Governor Murphy. “With the proper health and safety protocols in place, personal care business owners who are anxious get back to serving their customers and communities will have the opportunity to do so.”

Under the Governor’s Executive Order, personal care service facilities include:

  1. Cosmetology shops;
  2. Barber shops;
  3. Beauty salons;
  4. Hair braiding shops;
  5. Nail salons;
  6. Electrology facilities;
  7. Spas, including day spas and medical spas, at which solely elective and cosmetic medical procedures are performed;
  8. Massage parlors;
  9. Tanning salons; and
  10. Tattoo parlors.

The Division of Consumer Affairs today issued an Administrative Order that includes comprehensive health and safety standards that personal care services who are licensees of the New Jersey State Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling and the New Jersey Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy must abide by. Safeguards include:

  1. Limiting services to appointment-only;
  2. Performing health screening, including temperature checks, on clients and staff prior to entry to the facility;
  3. Requiring use of personal protective equipment, and requiring clients to wear face coverings at all times, regardless of the service they are receiving, unless face down on a massage table or where doing so would inhibit an individual’s health;
  4. Ensuring that all staff-client pairs maintain at least six feet distance between other staff-client pairs, unless separated by physical barriers;
  5. Adopting enhanced cleaning and disinfection practices; and
  6. Staying informed about new developments and guidance related to COVID-19.

The Order further directs the Commissioner of the DOH to issue health and safety standards for use by tattoo parlors, tanning salons and other locations in which personal care services are offered by individuals  who are not acting within the scope of a license issued by a professional board within the Division of Consumer Affairs.

Nothing in the Order shall prevent the provision of services to a person that is confined to their home and unable to travel due to a disability, if these services 1) are permitted under existing statutes and regulations and 2) are provided in a manner that substantially complies with standards issued by the Division of Consumer Affairs and DOH.  DOH issued an Executive Directive today that includes comprehensive health and safety standards for these locations.

Cosmetology schools or other places that provide instruction and training for personal care services shall remain closed at this time.

For a copy of Executive Order No. 154, please click here.

For a copy of the Division of Consumer Affairs’ Administrative Order, please click here.

For a copy of the Department of Health’s Executive Directive, please click here.

To view all Executive Orders, go to: https://nj.gov/infobank/eo/056murphy/approved/eo_archive.html

JUNE 12 TOWNSHIP ANNOUNCEMENTS & COVID19 CASE REPORT

CONTAINER FACILITY REOPENS 6-20, APPOINTMENTS REQUIRED, MORE DAYS ADDED

Effective immediately, the Township Container Facility (mini-dump) will reopen under the following rules to ensure social distancing pre-cautions are followed:

  1. The Container Facility will be open on Saturday June 20th from 8a.m. to 12p.m.
  2. The Container Facility will also be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays (starting June 23) from 8a.m. to 2p.m. through the end of August, 2020.
  3. Residents must make an appointment to access the Container Facility for Saturdays and for the designated weekdays. Appointments will be in 15-minute intervals and all efforts should be made to be on time.  To make an appointment, call the Township at 908-359-8211 or come to the Township Lobby and see the Receptionist.  Container Facility tickets are purchased at the Township.
  4. At the Container Facility, all residents must wear masks, show no Covid-19 symptoms and have a Container Facility ticket. Any resident not wearing a mask and/or without an appointment will not be allowed to enter the Container Facility.
  5. Beginning July 2020, the Township Container Facility will return to the normal schedule which is the second Saturday of the month. Tuesdays & Thursdays will continue through the end of August 2020.
  6. All existing Container Facility rules regarding acceptable/unacceptable items are still in effect.

The above info and dates may also be found on the Container Facility page of the Twp. website under Public Works at:
https://twp.montgomery.nj.us/departments/public-works/container-facility/


 

JUNE 16 DEADLINE TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN PRIMARY, JULY 7

VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOTS OR APPLICATIONS WILL BE MAILED TO ALL REGISTERED VOTERS

The last day to register to vote in the July 7, 2020 Primary Election is Tuesday, June 16th.  Go to the Somerset County Voter Information page to learn more and find links to Registration form.  See public notice of registration deadline and extended open hours on Somerset County Board of Elections webpages at: https://www.co.somerset.nj.us/home/showdocument?id=16593

Every registered voter in New Jersey is being mailed either a vote-by-mail ballot or an application to do so ahead of the Primary Election Day, Tuesday, July 7th. Vote-by-mail is strongly encouraged as an effort to protect the public health.

According to Executive Order #144, issued May 15th, vote-by-mail ballots will automatically be sent to all “Active” registered Democratic and Republican voters without the need for an application to receive a vote-by-mail ballot. County Clerks shall send vote-by-mail applications to “Active” voters who are registered as “Unaffiliated,” and to all “Inactive” registered Democrats, Republicans, and “Unaffiliated” voters. Please watch your mail box and exercise your right to vote.

Every vote-by-mail ballot that is postmarked on or before July 7, 2020, and that is received by July 14, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. shall be considered valid and counted.

An individual who receives a vote-by-mail ballot but has not voted and returned that ballot, may go to their assigned polling place and vote a provisional ballot. In order to ensure public health and safety, a limited number of public polling places that meet public health standards to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 will be open to support citizens’ ability to vote.

See Exec. Order # 144.


 

THE CENSUS AFFECTS EVERYBODY

The Census touches every life, every day. Census data helps determine where more than $45 billion in annual federal funding goes in New Jersey. So having an accurate count of our population and what their needs are is important for funding a myriad of programs.

Whether it’s social service programs, education, healthcare, transportation, senior programs, or COVID recovery the Census affects everybody and all of our everyday lives.

For every 100 people not counted, a community loses an estimated $1.2 million annually in federal funds for programs such as Medicaid, social services block grants and vocational education.

In terms of public health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) data collection methodology for the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) is based on the Census.

The CDC, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and researchers in many fields use the NHIS to track issues ranging from disease to barriers to care to federal programs’ success – important as our state recovers from COVID-19.

Census helps with community planning and analysis in order to distribute those dollars in an equitable way to those who are most in need.

Stand up and be counted!  Go to: https://my2020census.gov/

10 questions, 10 minutes, 10 years of impact.  #NJCensus2020


 

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

 

As of 9 am today, 6/12

NJ cases: 166,164Montgomery Twp Public Health Shield
NJ deaths: 12,489
Somerset County cases: 4,736
Somerset County deaths: 433
Montgomery cases:  109
Montgomery deaths: 7
Montgomery presumed recovered: 98 a
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0
Rocky Hill presumed recovered: 6 a

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

6      <20
12      20-29
18      30-39
16      40-49
23      50-59
17      60-69
4      70-79
19      80+

Total 115 cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill

a “Presumed recovered” means 30 days have elapsed since individual’s diagnosis and the person is not hospitalized.

For further statistics, go to the Health Dept.’s COVID-19 portal: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid19/,  State of NJ DOH’s COVID-19 Case Chart , and https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

*****DISCLAIMER***** Reported numbers on this page may not match the figures provided on the Somerset County page.  This is due to differences in reporting times.

Testing Site info found at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/.

 

 

State Health Dept. Guidelines on Public Pools & Bathing Facilities Released

Health and safety standards for municipal pools and private swim clubs set to reopen June 22 were issued by the New Jersey Department of Health.

The guidelines include parameters for reduced capacity; social distancing in and out of the water; enhanced cleaning and disinfection procedures; and other measures to avoid the spread of COVID-19. Pools facilities are defined as conventional pools, hot tubs, spas, wading pools, special purpose pools, pools operated by or serving campgrounds, clubs, churches, cities, common interest communities, counties as well as other types outlined in the guidelines.

Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 153 permitting these facilities to open as of June 22. Facilities are required to develop a COVID-19 Pool Operation Prevention Plan that complies with the guidelines and the Executive Order.

“Pools provide a welcome respite from heat as well as recreational opportunities,” said Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli. “These standards will ensure that precautions are in place to protect the health of staff and pool-goers while enjoying the pool this summer.”

Under the guidelines, staff must be screened for fever and symptoms on entering. Facilities are urged to stagger access to entry and exit points to avoid congregation, and reduce capacity to 50% for the facility and grounds.

Social distancing of six feet is also required while in the water, as well as on the pool deck, with the exception of immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners.

A sign-in sheet is to be maintained for all staff and patrons to facilitate potential contact tracing efforts.

Patrons can use their own water play equipment, such as goggles, snorkels, fins, kickboards, pool noodles and toys, but sharing is prohibited and such equipment cannot be rented for patrons’ use.

Staff and pool-goers are encouraged to wear a cloth face covering outside of the pool when social distancing of six feet cannot be maintained, with the exception of children under age 2 and lifeguards on active duty.

Sharing furniture and equipment such as lounge chairs, towels, umbrellas and other equipment provided to patrons is prohibited except among immediate family members, caretakers, household members or romantic partners. Cleaning and disinfecting are required after each use.

Follow the New Jersey Department of Health on Twitter @njdeptofhealth, Facebook /njdeptofhealth, Instagram @njdeptofhealth and Snapchat @njdoh.

For more information, visit our homepage at nj.gov/health.

JUNE 10: Contact Tracing & Covid-19 Case Report

Contact Tracing in Montgomery: What You Need to Know

By Stephanie Carey, Montgomery Twp. Health Officer

The term “contact tracing” has come into wide use in the United States this year, but to those of us in public health, the phrase goes back a century. We’ve been fortunate that until now, contact tracing was more of an academic topic than everyday reality.

As New Jersey enters “Stage 2” of our recovery from COVID, we will be increasing our resources devoted to contact tracing to help keep our community safe.

What is contact tracing?

Contact tracing involves public health professionals doing investigations of infectious disease cases, both to determine their likely source, and to identify additional people who may have become infected. Contact tracing is the most effective way to stamp out new outbreaks before they become large, allowing us to reopen the economy.

The first step in contact tracing is a telephone call placed by health department staff to individuals who have been infected, to ask where they have been and who they have been in contact with.  We ask for names and numbers of those additional people, so we can contact them to ask similar questions, and to provide advice about testing and quarantine, to reduce the chance for further spread.

What about contact tracing scams?

There have been instances of scams in which people have falsely posed as contact tracers to try to commit crimes.  Don’t let that stop you from cooperating with legitimate contact tracing, which is intended to protect the health of you, your loved ones, and the community overall.

The best way to identify a fraudulent tracer is the questions they ask. A legitimate contact tracer will never ask you for banking information, your Social Security number, insurance information, or ask you to pay a fee. A legitimate contact tracer will also give you their own name and tell you who they are working for. If they are calling from my department you have the option to call the Montgomery Municipal building (908-359-8211) to verify that these are real Township employees.

What happens if I am at risk of infection?

If you have been exposed to a person who has tested positive, we will help you get access to testing, provide support services, and provide you with written instructions for isolation or quarantine, if needed.   Self-quarantine usually lasts 2 weeks.

The whole society has essentially been “quarantined” for the last two months.  Following the instructions of a contact tracer is a necessary sacrifice you can do to help your neighbors, help your community, to return to society, confident in the knowledge that infected people are being identified and quarantined until they are either recovered or tested negative.

If you receive a call from my department, please know that our foremost concern is your family’s health and welfare.


MEMS’ June 25 Blood Drive with Social Distancing

Thursday, June 25th from 1 pm to 7 pm at Princeton Elks Lodge, 354 Rt. 518, Skillman, NJ 08558. By appointment only (see below.)

Social distancing guidelines and hygienic practices will be followed. All the paperwork will be done online.  Thank you to those who generously donated on June 6th; our time slots were completely filled!

Hosted by Montgomery EMS – Squad 47 Rescue and Princeton NJ Elks Lodge #2129

Give Blood – Save Lives, please make an appointment @

https://donor.cbsblood.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/52545

Antibody testing will be included. Please see further info in FLIER


 

New Stormwater Approach to Focus on Green Infrastructure:
Watch Video Presentation

On June 2nd the Montgomery Township Environmental Commission hosted a stormwater management information session on Zoom, which is available for viewing. Sophie Glovier and Michael Pisauro of The Watershed Institute presented on new stormwater management regulations adopted by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, which will replace the last rules set from 2004. Attending were members of the Township Committee, Planning Board, Zoning Board, Engineering Dept. and the general public.

The new rules supersede the 2004 criteria by now requiring the use of green infrastructure techniques (among other changes) to mitigate runoff

from regulated developments. Green infrastructure is intended to treat runoff through ground infiltration, filtration through vegetation or soil, or to store water for reuse. Some examples of green infrastructure techniques include use of drywells, cisterns, pervious pavement, small bioretention systems, small infiltration systems (i.e. rain gardens), sand filters, and vegetated rooftops. These strategies reduce erosion, downstream flooding, and water pollution.

Montgomery Township adopted the 2004 regulations with more stringent restrictions than the State required, due to our commitment to the environment. Montgomery Twp. has set a leading example in its environmental regulations, such as its critical areas ordinance. New Jersey municipalities are required to amend their Stormwater Control Ordinances by March, 2021. To continue our efforts to be a model municipality, Montgomery Township staff is already working on a draft ordinance.

To watch this presentation on demand, visit the “Specialty” tab of the Township meeting videos page, and select the June 2, 2020 Environmental Commission meeting or click on: https://montgomerynj.swagit.com/play/06022020-1095. The presentation begins at 4:40 minutes.


Celebrate 2020 Graduates in The Montgomery News!

Place an AD with photo of your GRAD today – Deadline: June 15

Go to: https://www.themontynews.org/graduation-announcements



TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

No new cases since Monday, 6/1.  More people are getting tested, but the “Positivity Rate” is low, which in epidemiology shows that we are more likely to be accurately catching all our cases.  Also, every person going into every hospital is now getting tested for COVID pre-admission, and those tests are coming back negative as well. See top story above, “Contact Tracing in Montgomery: What You Need to Know.

As of 9 am today, 6/10

NJ cases: 165,346
NJ deaths: 12,377
Somerset County cases: 4,698
Somerset County deaths: 431
Montgomery cases:  108
Montgomery deaths: 7
Montgomery presumed recovered: 90 a
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0
Rocky Hill presumed recovered: 6 a

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

6           <20
12           20-29
17           30-39
16           40-49
23           50-59
17           60-69
4           70-79
19           80+

Total 114 cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill

a “Presumed recovered” means 30 days have elapsed since individual’s diagnosis and the person is not hospitalized.

For further statistics, go to the Health Dept.’s COVID-19 portal: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid19/,  State of NJ DOH’s COVID-19 Case Chart , and https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

*****DISCLAIMER***** Reported numbers on this page may not match the figures provided on the Somerset County page.  This is due to differences in reporting times.

Testing Site info found at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/.

Process for Municipal Approval for Outdoor Dining and Outdoor Sales

Governor Murphy’s announcement that “Stage 2” of the Reopening Plan will begin on June 15 with the allowance of outdoor restaurant dining means that there is may be a need for Montgomery eateries to modify their operations, as well as for retailers wishing to provide outdoor sales and displays.

Montgomery is available to assist the business community with re-opening and will review all plans on an expedited basis with a focus on operating safely and complying with key code provisions. Businesses considering re-opening with outdoor dining and/or outdoor sales and displays should contact Joe Palmer, Township Zoning Officer at 908-359-8211 or JPalmer@twp.montgomery.nj.us.

After a brief consultation, a plan for the temporary modification should be submitted to Mr. Palmer who will coordinate review by the Township Engineer, Health Officer, Fire Official, Code Enforcement and Police Department to ensure health and safety are not impacted. The zoning officer will coordinate any Township comments to the business, or conduct an onsite visit if necessary, and once an agreement is reached, the applicant can proceed under this administrative approval, contingent on the guidelines established by the State and landlord approval. No zoning permit fees are associated with these reviews.

Related State Orders:

Executive Order 150 Outdoor Dining

NJ Dept. of Health Executive Directive

ABC Temporary Permit Expansion

Township Offers to Showcase Promotional Videos for Businesses

Montgomery Business Task Force calls for
“MONTGOMERY TOGETHER” videos from Montgomery businesses

Montgomery Township is working to help residents and businesses make the best of the current situation in which state guidelines and resident concerns may be impacting  patronage of local businesses. We’d like to invite your business to participate in a “virtual town square” at a website called Montgomery Together, both to help your business and to inform residents of steps you are taking to ensure the safety of customers.

We invite you to submit a 1-minute (maximum) video in which you describe your products, services, and operating procedures during the COVID-19 crisis. We’ll upload videos of any Montgomery-based business that meet the requirements described below. In addition to practical information, you can also have some fun with it, describing tips, recipes, and activities that will creatively showcase your business on the Montgomery Together website. And more importantly, remind residents of who you are so when you do re-open, they patronage your business. These videos can also be shared on many social media platforms using the hashtag #MontgomeryTogether.

Check out these pages at MontgomeryTogether.us:

https://montgomerytogether.us/business/ 

https://montgomerytogether.us/stay-connected/

Below are some guidelines:

  • Individual businesses’ self-made promotional videos about businesses that are operating in compliance with state rules and social distancing policies.
  • Shop owners sharing stories about getting their employees back to work and customers safely in and out of their shops can be a powerful call to action.
  • .Feel free to include tips, recipes, promotions, and activities that will creatively showcase your business
  • Footage recorded on any decent smart phone. High def (HD) or standard def (SD) videos in MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 format with extensions .mov., .mp4, .mpg or any other format uploadable to YouTube are acceptable. https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/4603579?hl=en
  • Please be sure that any pre-COVID-19 footage does not include things that could be misleading or confusing for customers today, regarding social distancing.
  • “MONTGOMERY TOGETHER” videos should contain the business brand, its owner and/or staff.
  • We realize some merchants will have well-produced media and some will use a more native, grassroots style. Either choice is fine. The number of videos received will determine the turnaround.

Please email your video to Lori Savron, Planning Director, Montgomery Township: MontgomeryTogether@twp.montgomery.nj.us