Indoor Capacity Limits to Rise in NJ from 25 Percent to 35 Percent for Certain Businesses 

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Raising Indoor Capacity Limits from 25 Percent to 35 Percent for Certain Businesses

Executive Order Also Ends Statewide 10 p.m. Curfew for In-Person Indoor Restaurant Service, and Adjusts Gathering Limits for Religious and Political Activities, Wedding Ceremonies, Funerals, and Memorial Services 

TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 219, which increases indoor capacity limits from 25 percent to 35 percent for several businesses, including food and beverage establishments and entertainment and recreational businesses, effective Friday, February 5 at 8:00 a.m. The Executive Order also lifts the 10:00 p.m. curfew for in-person indoor restaurant service, however local officials may continue to regulate the hours of operation of indoor restaurant service and indoor operations of other non-essential businesses after 8:00 p.m., as they have been able to since November 12. The prohibition on seating at indoor bar areas remains in effect.

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, my Administration has used science, data, and facts to guide our decision-making process,” said Governor Murphy. “The downward trend of COVID-19 cases in our hospitals, coupled with the state’s decreasing rate of transmission, allows us to confidently expand our indoor capacity limits without leading to undue further stress on our health care systems. I am incredibly grateful to the millions of New Jerseyans who have been vigilant in practicing social distancing and wearing face coverings, and I urge everyone to continue their efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.”

The Executive Order increases the following indoor capacity limits from 25 percent to 35 percent:

  1. Food or beverage establishments, including restaurants, cafeterias, private non-profit clubs, and food courts, with or without a liquor license, and bars;
  2. Entertainment and recreational businesses, including casinos and gyms; and
  3. Personal care services, including barber shops and nail salons.

The Order will also rescind the previous statewide requirement that food and beverage establishments close their indoor areas to in-person service between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. each day.  Casinos and any other retail, recreational, or entertainment business open to the public may also resume indoor food and beverage service during those hours.

Municipalities and counties will still be permitted to impose hours of operation restrictions on non-essential businesses between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. each day. This includes restrictions on dining in restaurants, although they cannot restrict takeout or delivery services. Municipalities and counties have been able to impose these hours restrictions since November 12 of last year, when Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 195.

Religious ceremonies or services, political activities, wedding ceremonies, funerals, and memorial services that are currently limited to 25 percent of the room’s capacity up to 150 people will now be limited to 35 percent of the room’s capacity up to 150 people. Performances at entertainment centers, including movie theaters and performing arts centers, and concert venues, will similarly be capped at 35 percent up to a maximum of 150 people.  Indoor meetings of addiction groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, will also be limited to 35 percent up to 150 individuals.

The Order will take effect on Friday, February 5 at 8:00 a.m.

A copy of Executive Order No. 219 can be found here.

Source: Press Office of the Governor of New Jersey

12-18: New COVID Cases at 22; Mayor’s Farewell Address; Gifts for Needy Families; Get COVID-19 App; Detailed COVID Case Report


There have been twenty-two (22) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 12-16-20.



For five straight weeks, Montgomery and Rocky Hill have averaged more than 50 new cases of COVID-19 per week, with 56 new cases logged over the prior 7 days. Montgomery and Rocky Hill have had more cases in the last five weeks than in the prior 38 weeks, reflecting community spread.

“As people finalize plans for Christmas next week, we urge residents to avoid travel and to avoid hosting gatherings with people beyond their immediate household,” said Montgomery Health Officer Stephanie Carey, who recently filmed a video with Mayor Sadaf Jaffer about the rise in local cases.



Click on image above to watch Major Jaffer’s farewell address.

Speaking for the last time from the mayor’s chair, Mayor Sadaf Jaffer last night spoke hopefully about Montgomery Township’s progress on a range of issues, from responding to the COVID-19 crisis to the national reckoning on race.

Later in the meeting, the Township Committee adopted an ordinance creating an Inclusion and Equity Committee, and passed a resolution condemning a recent anti-Asian bias crime that occurred in Montgomery.

Deputy Mayor Marvin Schuldiner read a resolution honoring Mayor Jaffer that said “We…express our deepest appreciation to the Honorable Sadaf Jaffer for her outstanding service to our community, and extend a fond farewell and warmest wishes for the future to Dr. Jaffer and her family.”

“Though it will be a bittersweet transition to no longer serve as Mayor, I look forward to continuing my engagement with the community in a different capacity,” Mayor Jaffer said. “I will always be available as a resource and I implore those who may be listening to consider getting involved in your local community. It is rewarding and it makes a difference.”

The committee presented her with a plaque that honored her for being a “ground breaker and breaking ground,” referring to the fact that Mayor Jaffer was the first Muslim woman mayor in the United States, the first South Asian women mayor in New Jersey, and presided over the start of construction of the new Montgomery Municipal Center.

During the public comment section, many residents thanked Mayor Jaffer for her leadership, as did Somerset County Freeholder Melonie Marano, community leaders including Rev. Jeff Knol, youth leaders, and the mayor’s husband, Dr. Daniel Sheffield. The entire meeting can be watched on the Twp. website’s Meetings Videos page.



The Montgomery Township Food Pantry is seeking donations of holiday gift cards from local retailers to distribute to 50+ families who are currently relying on the pantry for food assistance.

“Our families enjoy the ability to personally select the gifts they purchase and, this year, feel more comfortable receiving gift cards rather than the gifts themselves because of COVID,” said resident Lisa Youngberg, who helps organize the annual holiday giving program for families in need, modified this year for the COVID era. “We also wanted to lend a hand to our local retailers with a ‘Shop Local’ emphasis.”

Two types of gift cards are requested in denominations of $25:

  1. Montgomery retailer gift cards, including salons, gift shops, confectioners, shoe stores, hardware, health & fitness, restaurants, etc.
  2. Nearby toy and warm clothing retailers, such as Kohl’s, Target, and Walmart.

Gift cards should be dropped off or mailed by December 22nd to the Montgomery Food Pantry, 356 Skillman Road, Skillman, NJ 08558. Email Montgomery Community Resource Manager Denise Crowley at with any questions.



COVID Alert NJ is a free mobile app that anonymously alerts users if they have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. It uses Bluetooth technology to identify people who have been with six feet of a person who has tested positive. Learn more about how the exposure notification app helps protect you and your family while ensuring your privacy.



There have been twenty-two (22) new COVID-19 cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report, Wednesday, 12-16-20.

As of 9AM today, December 18

Montgomery cases: 517

Montgomery deaths: 8

Rocky Hill cases:  15

Rocky Hill deaths: 0


Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

118      <20

83      20-29

51      30-39

76      40-49

85      50-59

55      60-69

17      70-79

47      80+


532 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

–  473 presumed recovered a

–  51 currently ill

– 8 fatalities


a “Presumed recovered” means cases that have met the criteria for discontinuation of isolation. A minimum of 10 days from diagnosis, or three days after symptoms resolve, whichever is longer. This definition represents a change from earlier in the pandemic before the CDC provided a definition.

For further statistics, go to the Health Dept.’s COVID-19 portal:,  State of NJ DOH’s COVID-19 Case Chart , and

Testing Site info found at:

8-24: Storm Food Loss Claims, Flags for Heroes, MEMS Blood Drive Sept. 12, Census Response for the Future, COVID-19 Case Report


PSE&G is expanding its claims policy due to the COVID-19 pandemic so that customers whose electrical service was interrupted by Tropical Storm Isaias for at least 72 hours can be reimbursed for spoiled food and medication. The deadline to submit a claim is September 16th.





Rotary Club Sept. 1-13

Flags for Heroes is designed to honor and recognize the many heroes in our lives and to lift the spirits of those who pass by or visit.  This could be a family member, teacher, veteran, first responder, healthcare or essential worker.

Sponsoring a flag in your hero’s name during Flags for Heroes is an opportunity to recognize the importance of others’ selfless contributions and to be thankful for the impact they have made. Heroes are everywhere around us including family members, teachers, healthcare workers, veterans, grocery store workers, first responders, delivery drivers, postal workers, mom & pop restauranteurs, caregivers, and so many more! Honor Your Hero!

See their inspiring video – second item on the Community Initiatives page of :

More at Rotary’s Facebook page: and website:


Because of you, life doesn’t stop!

Donate Blood and we will let you know if you have the antibodies to help patients battling with Covid-19.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Location – Montgomery EMS
8 Harlingen Road
Belle Mead, NJ 08502
Meeting Room

APPOINTMENTS ONLY:  You may make an appointment using the link:

For more information please contact: 908.359.4112 or


Donor Guidelines:

* All Donors are required to WEAR A CLOTH BASED MASK OR FACE COVERING*

* Weigh at least 110 lbs.

* Eat a meal before donation

* Bring ID

* Drink plenty of water before and after donation

For more information or to schedule a donation, call 877-258-4825 or visit

*Donors are required to wear face coverings to their donation. You can wear your own homemade mask or face covering, provided the cloth or homemade mask covers both your nose and mouth in alignment with updated CDC guidelines. For more CDC guidance on face coverings and how to make your own.



Did you know your response can ensure a brighter future for yourself, your family and your community? The 2020 Census is just one easy way to do that!

When you respond to the Census, you help your community gets its fair share of federal funds spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs. That funding shapes the future of EVERY community, no matter the size, location or race/faith/heritage of the people. Your community benefits the most when the Census counts EVERYONE.

Did you know our census response will impact us for 10 yrs.? More than $45 billion in annual federal funding New Jersey’s communities receive each year for programs and services.

  • Join with your friends, neighbors and their families and fill it out online at GOV or by phone at 844-330-2020 (English), 844-468-2020 (Spanish) or any of the other language numbers listed at CENSUS.NJ.GOV.
  • Don’t forget: Census takers are knocking on doors NOW across the state of households that have not yet responded. You can eliminate the need for Census takers to follow up in person by responding to the Census now – online, by phone or by mail.



Note: There have been three (3) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Wednesday, 8-19-20.

As of 9 am today, 8/24

NJ cases: 189,719
NJ deaths: 15,949
Somerset County cases: 5,351
Somerset County deaths: 564
Montgomery cases:  140
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 7
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

14       <20
20       20-29
19       30-39
22       40-49
27       50-59
19       60-69
6        70-79
20       80+

147 confirmed and probably cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 134 presumed recovered a

–     6 currently ill

–     7 fatalities

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:,  State of NJ DOH’s COVID-19 Case Chart , and

*****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:


June 1 Announcements & Covid-19 Report

Changes to Montgomery COVID-19 Communications

With the slowing of case counts and Governor Murphy’s announcement that progress against the COVID-19 crisis will permit New Jersey to move into “Stage 2” of recovery, Montgomery’s daily updates will transition to three times per week, usually Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, unless a special announcement requires a different schedule.  We will also shift the format, with case counts usually shown at the end of the report.



Montgomery Mayor Sadaf Jaffer provides a Covid-19 report for June 1, 2020 and discusses racism as a public health crisis.

YouTube Link:



As of 9 am today, 6/01

NJ cases: 160,918
NJ deaths: 11,721
Somerset County cases: 4,595
Somerset County deaths: 419
Montgomery cases:  108
Montgomery deaths: 7
Montgomery presumed recovered: 75 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.

The above numbers represent a snapshot in time, and will change daily or even hourly as new data come in. We are including both laboratory-confirmed cases, and probable cases, meaning cases believed to have COVID-19 based on symptoms and exposure to confirmed cases (identified via contact tracing), but who cannot yet qualify for testing at this time. If you are experiencing cough and fever, you should isolate yourself from well family members, and stay home until 3 days after your symptoms resolve without medications. If your symptoms worsen, contact your health care provider for a telemedicine consultation. We continue to stress the importance of washing hands, maintaining social distancing, and staying home.

For further statistics, go to the Health Dept.’s COVID-19 portal:,  State of NJ DOH’s COVID-19 Case Chart , and

*****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:


COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing at RVCC on May 5 and 7


There is still an opportunity for Somerset and Hunterdon County residents to get tested.

The COVID-19 testing site at Raritan Valley Community College, located at 118 Lamington Rd, will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5, and Thursday, May 7.

Testing, which is free of charge, is available to Hunterdon and Somerset County residents, age five (5) and older. Because priority is being given to those who are exhibiting symptoms of the coronavirus, residents must have a valid doctor’s prescription, ID and an appointment to receive testing.

Patients are required to provide a copy of their prescription, either by bringing it with them to the testing site, or by sending it via email in advance of the appointment.  Patients or their physicians, can send the written authorization to the Somerset County Department of Health at, with the word “Prescription” in the subject line. Faxes can be sent to 908-704-8042.

Patients must schedule an appointment for testing at or by calling 908-237-7150.

Additional dates will be offered based on availability of resources. Check for updates.

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

For the safety, health and security of staff and volunteers, patients must arrive by car. The testing site will not allow entry if residents don’t arrive in a vehicle, even if they have a valid driver’s license and prescription. When coming to the testing center, residents are asked to use the main entrance to the college campus, off of Route 28.

For more information, contact




Source: Somerset County Office of Public Information

Emergency Preparedness Plan and Surge Nursing

Montgomery Township Health Department is currently working on updating our preparedness plans and we want to make sure proper procedures are in place for infectious disease outbreaks in the event we need to activate our Emergency Preparedness Plan.

We are looking for additional Registered Nurses to handle things like answer incoming phone calls, screen patients, and vaccinate the community in the event of a pandemic.  We encourage Nurses who live in or work near Montgomery Township to be a part of our Surge Nursing Team.

Click here for the flyer with additional details.

If you are interested, please contact Brianna McKenna at for more information.