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!





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/.