Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update 7/13/2020

From Mayor Linda H. Schwager
Coronavirus Update 7-13-2020

Oakland Borough Offices Are Now Open to the Public:

Effective Monday July 13, 2020, all Borough Offices are now open to the public. In an effort to maintain the safety, health and welfare of our employees and residents alike, we ask the public to adhere to the following protocols:

  • Face coverings/masks are required to be worn in the building by all visitors unless you cannot do so due to health reasons.
  • Visitors are required to keep 6 feet distance between one another. Floor mats and signage are posted and must be adhered to.
  • Hand Sanitizer is stationed in each Borough Lobby. Visitors are encouraged to utilize it before touching common surfaces.
  • We politely ask that you limit interactions to Borough business only.  This is for your safety as well as the safety of those around you.
  • Residents and other members of the public are encouraged to continue utilizing telephone, email, regular mail, the Borough Website, and drop boxes for all Borough business that does not require in person visits.

Your patience and cooperation is appreciated as we cautiously navigate these unprecedented times.  We are all in this together and keeping everyone safe is our goal.

Traffic Advisory:

Please be advised that the restriping of the painted lines on Ramapo Valley Road between Franklin Avenue and Long Hill Road will continue tomorrow, July 14th from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Expect minor delays during these times as the work requires the crews to be in the roadway. Police officers will be on scene to direct traffic. This work is dependent upon nice weather. If the contractor cancels the work due to inclement weather, an updated message will be posted advising of the new dates.

NJ Tax Filing Deadline Is Wednesday:

The deadline for filing New Jersey income taxes is this Wednesday, July 15th. The filing deadline had been extended from April 15th due to COVID-19. More information is available on the NJ Division of Taxation website.

Bergen County Small Business Grant Program to Begin Accepting Applications Today:

Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco announces that the application portal for the Bergen County CARES Small Business Grant Program will open on Monday, July 13 at 9 a.m. and run through Friday, July 24.

The program which will provide financial relief to businesses deemed “non-essential” and forced to close as a measure to stop the spread of COVID-19 per Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 104 and Executive Order 107, will be eligible to receive up to $10,000 in financial relief to cover rent, property mortgage, and utilities expenses. Businesses can visit to prescreen their eligibility status for the program.

To qualify for the Bergen County CARES Small Business Grant Program businesses must fall under the following criteria:

  • Businesses must have a physical location in Bergen County, NJ. Home-based businesses are eligible.
  • Businesses must have been deemed “non-essential” within the classification of “Businesses Required to Close” as per the Governor’s Executive Order No. 104, dated March 16, 2020, and further clarified by Executive Order 107 dated March 21, 2020.
  • Businesses must only have between 1 - 19 full-time employees
  • Sole-proprietorships; LLCs; LLPs; Corporations; and S-Corporations are eligible.
  • Businesses owned by county employees and elected officials, as well as their immediate families, are not eligible
  • Businesses must have been open and operating on March 1, 2020

Priority will first be given to businesses who have not received any Federal grant assistance, New Jersey Economic Development Authority grants or US Small Business Administration grant or other grant assistance.

In order to be eligible for the program, businesses must provide complete responses to the grant program application found at In order for an application to be deemed complete, applicants will need to upload the following items in digital format:

  • Business bank statements March - June
  • (If Renting) Canceled rent checks or signed statement from landlord for January & February
  • (If Building Owner) Mortgage Statements for January & February
  • Business registration certification or certificate of incorporation
  • Most recent federal and state tax returns
  • Water, Sewer, Gas and Electric utility bills from March-May of 2020
  • An Affidavit stating company has not received any Federal, State or other funding or Federal/State documents showing date and monetary amount of all received assistance

The Bergen County CARES Small Business Grant Programs is funded through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Federal relief fund. For more information, please visit Administrative questions regarding the grant program can also be sent to

No New Reopenings this Week:

For the first time since May, nothing new is reopening in New Jersey this week. Gov. Murphy has frozen reopening plans indefinitely, which will leave gyms closed along with indoor dining at restaurants. Indoor dining had been set to resume on July 2nd at 25% capacity before the decision was reversed.

Upcoming Board, Committee, Commission Meetings:

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

  • Planning Board 7/9 at 7:00 p.m. (Cancelled)
  • Zoning Board of Adjustment 7/14 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Sustainable Oakland Green Team 7/28 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 238 individuals in Oakland who tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Bergen County has a total of 19,851 positive Coronavirus Cases, and the State of NJ has 175,522 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: 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.