Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update 11/16/2020

From Mayor Linda H. Schwager
Coronavirus Update 11-16-2020

Additional COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts Announced by Governor Murphy:

Governor Phil Murphy announced the following additional COVID-19 measures:

  • Effective 11/16:
    • Indoor gatherings are limited to a MAXIMUM of 10 people
  • Effective 11/23:
    • Outdoor gatherings are limited to a MAXIMUM of 150 people

The change does not affect the current 25% capacity limits on indoor dining in the state. This order affects house parties and other indoor gatherings, such as holiday dinners and events.

  • The following indoor gatherings may continue under the current rules – limited to 25% of a room’s capacity, up to 150 people:
    • Religious services/celebrations and political events
    • Weddings
    • Funerals/memorial services
    • Performances

Indoor sports practices or competitions will be allowed to exceed the 10-person limit – ONLY for individual’s necessary, such as players, coaches, and referees.

In most cases, where those necessary individuals exceed 10 people, spectators will not be permitted.

As we head into the Holiday Season and the colder winter months, I urge everyone to please continue practicing COVID-19 mitigation measures – wear a mask, social distance, and stay home if you are sick.

Electric and Gas Utility Relief:

Electric & gas utilities have suspended shut-offs during the crisis. If you’re behind on payments, you'll still have to pay eventually so pay what you can now. DCA offers assistance with utility bills. To find out if you’re eligible, call 2-1-1 or visit

Protect Yourself and Others, Download the COVID-19 NJ App:

As cases continue to rise, contact tracing has become even more important. New Jersey’s free exposure notification app alerts you when you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. Learn more about the benefits of the app and how it protects your privacy. Download the COVID Alert NJ App today, available for iPhone or Android.

Coronavirus Positive Tests in Oakland:

The Borough of Oakland has been notified by the Bergen County Department of Health that there are 14 new positive cases of COVID-19 reported in Oakland, bringing our total to 308 positive reported cases. There are 10 new positive cases in Franklin Lakes bringing their to-date total to 283 cases, and 6 new positive cases in Wyckoff bringing their to-date total to 506 cases. Bergen County reported 1,047 new positive cases since Tuesday, bringing the County of Bergen total to 28,651. Today the Borough of Oakland was notified by the Bergen County Department of Health that there was 2,232 new positive COVID-19 cases reported today, bringing the state-wide New Jersey total to 281,493 cases.

If anyone has questions about COVID-19, you can call the 24-hour New Jersey Hotline at (800) 222-1222. You can also visit the State of NJ Coronavirus Website Here.

Important Resources:

  • The latest data on coronavirus infections in New Jersey are available on the New Jersey COVID-19 Dashboard. The dashboard has been updated to provide more information on scope of the virus and hospitalizations, including the number of patients hospitalized, discharged, in critical care, in intensive care, and on ventilators, along with data on statewide ventilator capacity, numbers of positive/negative tests, and more.
  • New Jersey’s COVID-19 Information Hub includes valuable resources and information for families, workers, and employers who have questions or needs arising from the current crisis.
  • Testing Sites: To locate a testing location, specifics on how to get a test, and the hours of operation, click here.
  • Information for businesses impacted by COVID-19.