The Borough of Point Pleasant has already implemented a host of local policies that mirror Governor Murphy’s Executive Orders to protect our residents and I encourage you to read our past public notices on our website. This Administration has been working closely with County and State Officials on a daily basis and will continue to do so until this medical crises ends.
Understanding that there is a lot of information to take in, The State of New Jersey has set up a website specifically dealing with any and all COVID-19 related issues. This COVID-19 information hub contains information dealing with questions you might have in regards to health issues, business issues, employee issues, financial issues and more. You are encouraged to use that site by clicking here: https://covid19.nj.gov/
The Governor today issued two new Executive Orders in order to further mitigate the impact of COVID-19. Executive Orders No. 107 and No. 108 cover a wide range of topics that impact our community and you should be aware of them. By order of the Governor, all residents are directed to stay at home although there are exceptions like obtaining essential goods or services, seeking medical attention, visiting close family, reporting to work if you work at an essential business or engaging in passive outdoor activities like going for a walk and getting some fresh air. All of these exceptions should clearly be done in conjunction with making smart decisions about social distancing and hygiene. The specifics of the Executive Orders can be read by clicking on the links at the end of this notice. Governor Murphy also stated that “The order also prohibits all gatherings of individuals, such as parties, celebrations, or other social events, unless otherwise authorized by the Order. When in public, individuals must practice social distancing and stay at least six feet apart whenever possible, excluding immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners.”
Governor Murphy’s Executive Order further directs the closure of all non-essential retail businesses with certain exceptions. You can read the specifics about how your business is affected by clicking on the following link: How do Executive Orders 107 and 108 Affect My Business
Those exceptions are:
- Grocery stores, farmer’s markets and farms that sell directly to customers, and other food stores, including retailers that offer a varied assortment of foods comparable to what exists at a grocery store;
- Pharmacies and medical marijuana dispensaries;
- Medical supply stores;
- Gas stations;
- Convenience stores;
- Ancillary stores within healthcare facilities;
- Hardware and home improvement stores;
- Banks and other financial institutions;
- Laundromats and dry-cleaning services;
- Stores that principally sell supplies for children under five years;
- Pet stores;
- Liquor stores;
- Car dealerships, but only for auto maintenance and repair, and auto mechanics;
- Printing and office supply shops;
- Mail and delivery stores.
The Order continues existing bans on recreational and entertainment businesses, requirements that all restaurants operate by delivery and takeout only, and the directive that all pre-K, elementary, and secondary schools close and all institutions of higher education cease in-person instruction.
Governor Murphy also signed Executive Order No. 108, which invalidates any county or municipal restriction that in any way will or might conflict with any of the provisions of Executive Order No. 107.
For a copy of Executive Order No. 107, click here: EO-107
For a copy of Executive Order No. 108, click here: EO-108
The orders shall take effect on Saturday, March 21 at 9:00 p.m.
I can not emphasize again how important it is for us all to come together and to do our own individual parts to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We must all remain calm and make smart decisions going about our daily lives. As always, the Borough Council and I will continually update information for our residents as we receive it.
Mayor Robert A. Sabosik