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Keeping Montclair Residents Informed

Corona Virus COVID-19 Update
Dear Resident,
 
Today Governor Murphy announced further measures to protect public health in our communities.  These additional restrictions are deemed necessary based on both science and best practice.
 
In this email, we have compiled the details of the Executive Orders placed into effect as of 9PM tonight.  We want to ensure our residents are accurately informed and empowered with the tools and knowledge to tackle this challenge calmly, with coordination.
 
Executive Order 107 Includes:
 
Stay at home order: All residents are to stay at home or at their place of residence unless they are leaving for the following reasons:
 
1) Obtaining goods or services from essential retail businesses;
 
2) Obtaining takeout or food beverages from restaurants;
 
3) Seeking medical attention, essential social services, or assistance from law enforcement;
 
4) Visiting family or close friends, caretakers, or romantic partners;
 
5) Reporting to or performing their job;
 
6) Walking, running, or engaging in outdoor activities with immediate family, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners;
 
7) Leaving for an educational, religious, or political reason;
 
8) Leaving because of a reasonable fear for health or safety; or
 
9) Leaving at the direction of law enforcement or other government agency.
 
Individuals who have to travel must practice social distancing when possible and should use public transportation only if they have no other feasible choice.
 
  *  Cancelling gatherings: Gatherings of individuals, such as parties, celebrations, or other social events, are cancelled.
 
  *  Closing non-essential retail businesses: All non-essential retail businesses, which were previously limited to between 5 am and 8 pm, must now close entirely (online delivery can continue).

The list of essential retail businesses that can stay open is limited to the following:

1) Grocery and food stores, including retailers large retailers that sell food;
 
2) Pharmacies and medical marijuana dispensaries;

Watch

Press Conference


VIEW HERE

Governor Murphy making a major announcement on our fight against COVID-19.

Links

Montclair Health Department

Novel Coronavirus Updates for Montclair Residents
READ MORE

Government Resources

Novel Coronavirus Updates for New Jersey READ MORE

Alert

Remember - price-gouging is ILLEGAL. New Jersey has zero tolerance for price gouging related to COVID-19. If you suspect unfair price hikes on products like hand sanitizer or cleaning products, alert the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs at 973-504-6240, or ONLINE.
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3) Medical supply stores;
 
4) Gas stations;
 
5) Convenience stores;
 
6) Ancillary stores within healthcare facilities;
 
7) Hardware and home improvement stores;
 
8) Banks and other financial institutions;
 
9) Laundromats/dry-cleaning services;
 
10) Stores that principally sell supplies for children under five years old;
 
11) Pet stores;
 
12) Liquor stores;
 
13) Car dealerships, but only for auto maintenance and repair, and auto mechanics;
 
14) Printing and office supply shops;
 
15) Mail and delivery stores
 
16) Restaurants and other dining establishments can remain open, but must continue to be delivery and/or takeout only.
 
  *  Mandatory telework/work-from-home: All businesses or non-profits in the State must accommodate their workforce, wherever practicable, for telework or work-from-home arrangements. If a business or nonprofit has employees that must be on site, it shall reduce staff on site to the minimal number necessary to ensure critical operations can continue.
 
  *  Recreational and entertainment businesses: All are closed. This is unchanged from what is currently in place but the order reiterates these prohibitions.
 
  *  Pre-K, K-12, and higher education: All continue to be closed to students. This is unchanged as well.
 
The order will go into effect at 9PM tonight. It will stay in effect until the Governor revokes or modifies it.
 
Executive Order No. 108:
 
This Order clearly invalidates all county and municipal restrictions imposed in response to COVID-19 that conflict in any way with the provisions of Executive Order No. 107, which now encompasses all the emergency restrictions on individuals and businesses that have been put in place. It also says that no county or municipality may adopt or enforce any such restriction going forward.

The only exceptions are two categories over which municipalities or counties may impose any additional restrictions:

1) online marketplaces for arranging or offering lodging;

2) municipal or county parks.

Thank You,

Sean M. Spiller
Montclair's Third Ward Councilman
Candidate for Mayor

Quick Facts
How it Spreads
COVID-19 is thought to spread between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) or through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest). Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Preventing Illness
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Steps to protect yourself include:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. 
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • After sneezing, immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
Should I Wear a Facemask?
If you are sick, you should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.

If you are NOT sick, you do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

What Should I Do if I'm Sick?
If you become ill with COVID-19, here are some steps you should take to keep yourself and those around you safe:
  • Stay home: People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness (except when getting medical care). You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care.
  • Avoid public areas: Do not go to work, school, or public areas.
  • Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
  • Stay away from others: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.
  • Limit contact with pets & animals: You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus.
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor: If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.
  • Do not share: You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home.
  • Wash thoroughly after use: After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water
  • Seek medical attention: Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing).
  • Wear a facemask when sick: Put on a facemask before you enter the facility. These steps will help the healthcare provider’s office to keep other people in the office or waiting room from getting infected or exposed.
  • Alert health department: Ask your healthcare provider to call the local or state health department. Persons who are placed under active monitoring or facilitated self-monitoring should follow instructions provided by their local health department or occupational health professionals, as appropriate.
  • Stay at home until instructed to leave: Patients with confirmed COVID-19 should remain under home isolation precautions until the risk of secondary transmission to others is thought to be low.
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