County and State Services Affected
In addition to the services affected in South Orange, multiple county and state services have been affected.
- All County parks and parks facilities, athletic fields, playgrounds, golf courses, Turtle Back Zoo, Codey Arena, Environmental Center and Riker Hill Art Park are CLOSED at least until Friday, March 27th.
- The visitation schedule at the Essex County Correctional Facility has been modified.
- Face-to-face attorney visits have been suspended.
County residents who want to apply for SNAP food assistance or cash assistance under the Work First New Jersey program are encouraged to do so online at NJHelps.org. Interviews will be done by phone, so you do not need to come into the office to apply for benefits.
The visitation schedule and outside passes for patients at the Essex County Hospital Center have been suspended.
Visitation at the Juvenile Detention Center has been suspended.
The Cherry Blossom Bike Races in Branch Brook Park on Sunday, April 4 and the Cherry Blossom 10K Race in Essex County Branch Brook Park on Sunday, April 5th have been postponed.
Register of Deeds and Mortgages
Register Juan Rivera has announced:
- Any non-essential walk-in and counter services at our window and vault access to the public is suspended until further notice. Members of the public who would otherwise walk-in hard copy documents for recording will now have to mail them in. Likewise, members of the public who want to look up deeds and mortgages dating from May 2001 will need to do so online.
- In coordination with the Essex County Surrogate and Essex County Clerk, vault hours for the title searches is being reduced from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays until further notice.
- Additional procedures have been implemented to clean and sanitize the vehicles that are part of the Essex County Special Transportation program and partnerships have been created with companies like Uber and Lyft to provide additional transportation options if it becomes necessary.
- The Special Transportation System is giving priority rides to take residents to medical appointments, such as chemotherapy, radiation and dialysis. Transportation trips to supermarkets are available on a limited basis.
- The congregate meal program offered by the Division of Senior Services as part of the Senior Café in the Park program and at other locations throughout the County have been suspended. Instead, seniors served at these sites are not receiving home delivered meals.
Foreclosures, evictions and sheriff’s sales will be suspended for the next two weeks.
The unemployment office at 50 South Clinton Street in East Orange is closed.
State of New Jersey:
- Governor Phil Murphy has signed executive orders 107 & 108 mandating that most of New Jersey’s 9 million residents are to stay home.
Per Executive Order 107, the only reasons that residents may leave the home are:
- Obtaining goods or services from essential retail businesses.
- Obtaining takeout food or beverages from restaurants, other dining establishments, or food courts.
- Seeking medical attention, essential social services, or assistance from law enforcement or emergency services
- Visiting family or other individuals with whom the resident has a close personal relationship, such as those for whom the individual is a caretakeror romantic partner.
- Reporting to, or performing, their job.
- Walking, running, operating a wheelchair, or engaging in outdoor activities with immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners while following best social distancing practices with other individuals, including staying six feet apart.
- Leaving the home for an educational, religious, or political reason
- Leaving because of a reasonable fear for his or her health or safety.
- Leaving at the direction of law enforcement or other government agency.
- All gatherings are cancelled: Gatherings of individuals, such as parties, celebrations, or other social events, are cancelled, unless otherwise authorized by the Order (i.e. the activities mentioned above). Through a separate Administrative Order, the Colonel of New Jersey State Police will make clear that gatherings of fewer than 10 people are presumed to comply with the Order, unless clear evidence indicates otherwise.
- All non-retail businesses are to close immediately: 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:
- Grocery and food stores, including retailers like Walmart/Target that sell food
- 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/dry-cleaning services
- Stores that principally sell supplies for children under five years old
- 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
- Businesses are mandated to do 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 non- profit has employees that must be on site, it shall reduce staff on site to the minimal number necessary to ensure critical operations can continue. Examples of employees who need to be present at their work site include: law enforcement officers, fire fighters, and other first responders, cashiers or store clerks, construction workers, utility workers, repair workers, warehouse workers, lab researchers, information technology maintenance workers, janitorial and custodial staff, and certain administrative staff.
- Recreational and entertainment businesses: All are closed. This is unchanged from what is currently in place but the order reiterates these prohibitions.
- Restaurants and other dining establishments: All can remain open, but must continue to be delivery and/or takeout only. This is also unchanged.
- Pre-K, K-12, and higher education: All continue to be closed to students. This is unchanged as well.
- Blanket exceptions: Nothing in the order shall be construed to affect the operations of:
- Health care or medical service providers
- Access to essential services for low-income residents, including but not limited to food banks
- The media
- Law enforcement
- The operations of the federal government or the movement of federal officials when operating in their official capacity
Gatherings of 50 people or more are now banned in New Jersey, as well as New York and Connecticut.
- Governor Phil Murphy and New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Chief Administrator Sue Fulton have announced that due to the COVID-19 outbreak and to protect the public, the MVC will extend expiration dates for driver licenses, registrations, and inspection stickers. Effective immediately, the NJMVC will grant a two-month extension for:
- Driver licenses expiring in March, April, and May
- Registrations expiring in March, April, and May
- Inspection stickers expiring in March, April, and May