Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update 6/10/2020

From Mayor Linda H. Schwager
Coronavirus Update 6-10-2020

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Orders Lifting Limits on Indoor and Outdoor Gatherings, Opening Pools Effective June 22, and Opening Additional Outdoor Recreational Businesses:

Governor Phil Murphy today signed two executive orders 1) raising limits on outdoor and indoor gatherings and 2) opening pools effective June 22 and additional outdoor recreational businesses effective immediately.

Under Executive Order No. 152, effective immediately, indoor gatherings are limited to 25 percent of the capacity of the room, but regardless of the room's capacity, such limit shall never be less than 10 or more than 50 people.  All attendees at the gathering must wear face coverings, unless for a medical reason or if the individual is under 2 years old, individuals must remain six feet apart at all times, and physical items may not be shared by multiple attendees of the same gathering unless sanitized before and after uses.

Outdoor gatherings are limited to 100 people, and attendees are required to be six feet apart. Individuals should wear face coverings at all times where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, and individuals who are in vehicles shall not count towards the gathering limit.  

Nothing in the Order shall prevent a person at a gathering from momentarily removing their mask to place or receive an item in their mouth, if done for religious purposes, or for health and safety.  

Additionally, available parking at State Parks and Forests, and at county and municipal parks, may reopen to their full maximum capacity.

Under Executive Order No. 153, outdoor swimming pools can open effective at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, June 22, provided that it complies with standards and policies that will be issued by the Department of Health.  Pool facilities may open for the purpose of lifeguard training and lifeguard swimming lessons prior to June 22.

Additionally, outdoor recreational and entertainment businesses are permitted to reopen immediately, with the exception of amusement parks, water parks, and arcades.  These recreational and entertainment businesses are required to abide by a number of social distancing protocols that are specified in the Order.  Any type of event at an outdoor recreational or entertainment business that involves individuals there at a specific time for a common reason, such as a movie or concert, are subject to the restrictions on outdoor gatherings. 

Paragraph 2 of Executive Order No. 107, which requires New Jersey residents to remain home with limited exceptions, is formally rescinded.  The other provisions of that Order, including the requirement that businesses or non-profits accommodate their workforce for telework or work-from-home arrangements, wherever practicable, are still in effect. 

  • For a copy of Executive Order No. 152, please click here.
  • For a copy of Executive Order No. 153, please click here.

State of NJ Contact Tracing Program:

As the State increases their contact tracing abilities, the State has released the below information on what you will or will not be asked for, if contacted.

Contact Tracers will NEVER ask you for:

  • Social Security Number
  • Financial Information
  • Immigration Status

Your information will NEVER be used for:

  • Immigration Enforcement
  • Public charge assessment or to deny access to health care or any other essential service.

NJ ensures your privacy:

  • Health Information is never shared with contacts
  • Your cell phone number is never traced

If you are called by a contact tracer, you may be asked for:

  • Basic Information
  • Health Status
  • Living Situation
  • Insurance Status
  • Nature of your job
  • Communication Preference

NJEDA Small Business Assistance Grant Program:

  • The NJ EDA has a new Small Business Assistance Grant Program.
  • The application process is open now. It is first-come, first-served.
  • The eligibility requirements have been expanded from the original program to include all NAICS codes, and sole proprietors and home-based companies are also eligible.
  • The application will take about 25-30 minutes to complete. It cannot be saved for someone to come back to it, so be prepared to fill it out in one sitting.

The NJEDA Board voted today to expand our Micro Business Loan Program. The $10 million program will provide loans up to $50,000 to businesses with 10 or fewer employees, with $3.5 million set aside for OZ-eligible census tracts:

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP):

You can still apply for the Paycheck Protection Program; there is still money available through the program and you may benefit from program modifications.

The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act relaxes some of the original restrictions of the program: 

  • Expands the timeframe to use the loan from 8 weeks to 24 weeks;
  • Reduces the 75/25 rule on payroll costs to 60/40; and
  • Extends the deadline to rehire laid-off workers from June 30 to December 31, 2020.

           Click Here for more information 

Virtual Council Meeting 6/10 at 7:30 p.m.:

There will be a Virtual Council Meeting tonight, June 10, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. If you are a member of the public and wish to comment or provide public input, please click here to receive the ZOOM meeting link, otherwise the meeting will be broadcast live on Oakland TV Channel 77 and FiOS 45, and on the Borough’s YouTube Channel.

Communications Commission Seeking Your Graduate Photo’s:

Graduation 2020 will be the most unique graduation in decades. The Communications Commission and the volunteers behind the new weekly series, This Week in Oakland, want to make it a special one for our Oakland graduating 5th graders, 8th graders, 12th graders, and college students. Parents are encouraged to email a photo of each of your graduates (in graduation or professional attire), their name (as it will appear on diploma), the grade they are graduating from, and the school which they are graduating from to by June 20th. This slideshow will be included in an upcoming episode of This Week in Oakland airing in late June on Oakland TV and it will also be posted on the Borough’s YouTube channel.

This Week in Oakland Episode 8:

This Week in Oakland Episode 8 will premiere tonight at 6:30 p.m. on Oakland TV Channel 77 and FiOS 45. The Episode will also be posted to the Borough’s YouTube Page. The Oakland Communications Commission and Oakland TV Committee have been putting their extra time to good use and are excited to continue to air This Week in Oakland – a helpful, informative, and interesting program made in Oakland, by and for Oaklanders. Segments over the next few episodes will span from art, to cooking, to nature, interviews, to pet care, and many other things in between!

Upcoming Board, Committee, Commission Meetings:

Meeting Links and Passwords for upcoming Board, Committee, and Commission Meetings are posted here.  

  • Board of Health 6/16 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Environmental Commission 6/16 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sustainable Oakland Green Team 6/23 at 7:30 p.m.

Coronavirus Positive Tests in Oakland:

Today the Borough of Oakland was notified by the Bergen County Health Department that there are a total of 227 individuals in Oakland who tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Bergen County has a total of 18,653 positive Coronavirus Cases, and the State of NJ has 165,346 positive 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: There are currently 57 COVID-19 testing sites across the state, including State-sponsored and private facilities. 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.