Dear Residents of the Borough of Point Pleasant,
As I previously relayed to you, we are in the midst of a unique moment in history. The Novel Coronavirus known as COVID-19 has given us new challenges to face but as a community working together and looking out for one another, we will prevail. I along with our Borough Council are in constant contact with State and County officials and are monitoring the situation on a regular basis.
One of the most important functions as local elected leaders is to make sure essential functions from your local government continue even though these functions may be altered and amended to fit the current state of affairs. To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, like all towns in New Jersey, we have closed all Borough municipal buildings to the public as a preventative measure for both the residents’ and employees’ protection. Most Borough business can be done through a combination of phone calls, emails and online via our website along with utilizing a drop box located in the Courtroom Lobby which is the only area with public access. On our website www.ptboro.com, if you look in the public notices section, you will see a notice addressing Borough Hall’s closure and what services are available. In this notice, there is a section for each department along with instructions on how to interact with them. Residents should also be aware that emergency services like Police and First Responders are still operating as they normally would but should be given extra consideration and thanks for putting themselves at risk for our safety, health and well-being.
In regard to playground equipment and courts in our parks, it has been strongly recommended by various government agencies and health authorities to prohibit the use of playground equipment in parks along with other areas where children can amass in close quarters to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Because of this advise, we are asking all parents to no longer allow their children to use the playground equipment and courts in any of our Borough parks. Signs will be posted at the entrances of these facilities stating that they are closed.
Any future updates from the Borough will be posted on the website and I encourage you to check it often. I would like to thank all our residents ahead of time for your cooperation, patience and understanding.
As most of you are also aware, New Jersey Governor Murphy has also signed Executive Order No. 104 mandating that businesses alter their normal operations. For a copy of the Governor’s Executive Order and other press releases from the State of New Jersey, you are encouraged to visit www.nj.gov. In this Executive Order, the Governor has implemented a host of aggressive social distancing measures aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19. Among the directives, Governor Murphy’s Executive Order closes all public and private preschool, elementary and secondary schools, and institutions of higher education, as well as all casinos, racetracks, gyms, movie theaters, and performing arts centers until further notice. The order also mandates that all non-essential retail, recreational, and entertainment businesses must cease daily operations from 8PM -5AM. All restaurant establishments, with or without liquor licenses, are limited to offering only delivery and/or take-out services only, both during the daytime hours and after 8PM. Additionally, the Governor lays out that all gatherings of people are limited to 50 people or fewer along with other social distancing measures.
As always, there are a number of useful links on our website where you can find information on the Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, along with contact information for other government agencies and services available. In the meantime, I along with the Borough Council cannot emphasize enough that everyone continues to make smart decisions in regard to hygiene and social distancing as we all do our part to get through this difficult time.
Mayor Robert A. Sabosik