COVID-19 Coronavirus Response
Conducting business at City Hall
The City of Summit continues to take proactive measures—following the guidance of public health and government agencies—to safeguard the health and safety of our community.
ln an effort to help mitigate workplace exposure to the COVID-19 virus, we ask that masks be worn in city hall by all persons regardless of vaccination status.
Statistics as of Friday, October 15, 2021
Total number of positive cases in Summit, NJ: 2,120*
Total number of deaths in Summit, NJ: 27*
Total number of positive cases in New Jersey: 1,024,061
Total number of positive cases in Union County: 66,990
Total number of deaths in New Jersey: 24,889
Total number of deaths in Union County: 1,806
*Summit case numbers are updated and adjusted WEEKLY with information provided by the Westfield Regional Health Department. Last update: October 15, 2021
Monthly totals of positive cases
November 2020: 215
December 2020: 237
January 2021: 263
February 2021: 146
March 2021: 219
April 2021: 136
May 2021: 27
June 2021: 16
July 2021: 34
August 2021: 107
What You Need to Know
Community Transmission Levels Resource
On September 30, the CDC published an article which explains the guidelines for each county's level of community transmission. It explains the methodology for calculating total new cases and percent positivity. It also arranges counties into low, moderate, substantial, and high transmission categories using these measures. It then provides guidance on practices to adopt based on which transmission category your county falls under. For more information, click here.
Expanded Booster Shot Eligibility
On September 27, Governor Murphy announced that booster shot eligibility had expanded to multiple groups. Those eligible for the Pfizer Booster Shot now include:
- People 65 years and older, and residents in long-term care settings
- People age 50-64 with underlying medical conditions
- People age 18-49 years with underlying medical conditions based on their individual benefits and risks
- People age 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID exposure and transmission due to their occupation
CDC Information on COVID-19 and Pregnant People
The CDC has released a guide on the risks of COVID-19 for pregnant people. It underlines the effect of COVID-19 on pregnant people and it includes methods to avoid COVID-19 exposure. It also has guidelines to follow if you are feeling sick or if you have been exposed to COVID-19. For more information, click here.
Child Care Employees Must Be Vaccinated By November 1st or Face Weekly Testing
On September 21, Governor Murphy declared that all child care workers and facility employees in child care settings must be fully vaccinated by November 1 or face weekly testing. Similarly, effective September 24, all employees, students, and children in a facility's care ages two and over, as well as visitors, must wear masks.
Types of Masks and Respirators
The CDC has published a guide that provides information on the different types of masks and respirators. Among these are cloth masks, disposable masks, workplace-standard masks, and NIOSH-approved respirators (such as N95s). The guide also suggests different masks for various scenarios one may encounter. For more information, click here.
COVID Prevention in Schools
The CDC has published guidance for COVID-19 prevention in schools. Among its recommendations, it suggests masking of all staff and students, three feet of distance between students within classrooms, and room ventilation. For more information, click here.
Johnson & Johnson Encourages Booster Shot
On August 25, Johnson & Johnson announced data which supported that people who had previously received the Johnson & Johnson single-shot vaccine should receive another booster shot to boost immunity. New data suggests that a booster shot increases antibodies, "nine-fold higher than 28 days after the primary single-dose vaccination." Click here for more details.
State Employees Required to Be Vaccinated by Oct. 18 or Undergo Regular Testing
On August 23, Governor Phil Murphy announced that state employees are required to get fully vaccinated or undergo regular testing at a minimum of once to twice each week by October 18. This includes those at state agencies, authorities, and public colleges and universities. For more information, click here.
Pre-K to Grade 12 Personnel Required to Be Vaccinated by Oct. 18 or Undergo Regular Testing
On August 23, Governor Phil Murphy announced that preschool to Grade 12 school personnel are required to get fully vaccinated or undergo regular testing at a minimum of once to twice each week by October 18. This includes private and parochial schools, as well as charter and renaissance schools. This requirement applies to all individuals employed by a school, no matter if they work full-time or part-time. For more information, click here.
Job Postings Available on New Jersey State Website
Many Americans had their employment status altered as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, the New Jersey state website has created a jobs posting portal on the COVID-19 section of its website. 1,635 employers have posted openings in a variety of fields. The site allows users to filter by job category and region to find the best results possible. Click here to access the portal.
Union County Will Offer Free COVID-19 Third Shots for Eligible Residents
Union County will begin offering free third-dose COVID-19 shots to Union County residents who are immunocompromised and either have the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. Eligible residents can use http://ucnj.org/vax to schedule an appointment. Union County vaccination sites are located at Dunn Sports Center in Elizabeth and Downs Hall at Kean University. For more information, visit here.
Vaccination Records Available on Docket
Docket is a new app from the NJ Department of Health that makes it easier for you and your family to securely access your COVID-19 vaccination record. If you don't have your vaccination card with you or you have lost it, you can easily access your record through the app to provide proof of COVID-19 immunizations as needed. More information is available here: https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/vaxrecords?fbclid=IwAR3srXidOivkvC5InSdH9cyNjI1CgYrEimCs6NI0qwLNqQmus5snCu-_nHg
COVID-19 Delta Variant Information
As the Delta variant continues to spread, getting vaccinated and wearing a mask are the best ways to protect yourself and the people around you. Use the NJ Vaccine Appointment Finder to find available vaccination appointments near you or sites with walk-in vaccinations (no appointment needed). If you are 65 or older, you can call a special senior hotline from 8 am to 8 pm for vaccination scheduling support. Dedicated appointment slots are reserved for those aged 65 and older Call at 856-249-7007. Learn more at covid19.nj.gov/vaccine.
Masks Inside NJ Schools Required for Start of 2021-2022 Academic Year
On August 6, 2021, Governor Phil Murphy announced that all students, educators, staff, and visitors will be required to wear masks inside of school buildings – regardless of vaccination status – for the start of the 2021-2022 academic year. This announcement was made in response to increasing COVID infection numbers due to the spread of the Delta variant.
Governor Murphy Signs Eviction Protection Bill August 4
Today, August 4, 2021, Governor Murphy signed an eviction protection bill which will appropriate $500 million to the COVID Emergency Rental Assistance Program and $250 million for utility assistance. Both of these programs will be administered by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. It will ensure that New Jersey's eviction moratorium continues through August for all state residents with household incomes below 120% of the medium income of their region. Click here for more information.
Federal Moratorium on Evictions Ending June 31
Alongside the prospect of a new surge in coronavirus infections, another crisis is on the horizon: A nationwide wave of evictions threatens more than six million families that have fallen behind on rent. The true extent of the threat has been masked by a national moratorium on evictions. But that ban will expire on Saturday, allowing landlords to start or continue eviction proceedings in most states. For more information and resources, view the full article here.
Governor Murphy recommends masks in certain indoor settings regardless of vaccination status
On July 27, Governor Phil Murphy announced that New Jersey residents should wear masks in high risk areas. These include situations where there are crowded indoor settings, locations involving close contact, and when individuals are immunocompromised. Top health officials have found that the Delta variant is more transmissible among vaccinated individuals. Click here for more.
Pre-Registration for Phase 2 of the Small Business Loan Program
Starting July 20, small businesses can pre-register for Phase 2 of the Small Business Loan Program provided by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. These loans provide up to $100,000 of direct financing to New Jersey-based businesses and nonprofit which have been affected by COVID-19. For more information, click here.
$30 Million in Federal Funding Announced to Support Postsecondary Students
On July 12th, Governor Murphy announced that $30 million in federal funding will be set aside to help combat COVID-19-related barriers to postsecondary success. The "Opportunity Meets Innovation Challenge Grant" ($28.5 million) is a grant whereby institutions will focus on historically disadvantaged students, low-income students, and working-age adults. Institutions "chose from a series of interventions reflecting the five core priority areas of the State Plan: expanding opportunities for students to gain early college exposure; improving college affordability; fostering student success; promoting safe and inclusive learning environments; and cultivating research, innovation, and talent." The "Hunger-Free Campus Grant Program" ($1 million) creates a grant program to combat food insecurity among students attending public universities in New Jersey. More information on the programs, the funding breakdown of the program, and the institutions involved can be found here.
COVID-19 Delta Variant Numbers Increase in New Jersey
On Monday, July 12th, New Jersey reported an additional 227 cases of COVID-19 and four new deaths. Although New Jersey is experiencing lower total cases, deaths, and hospitalizations, the Delta variant has become the most dangerous form of the virus to unvaccinated residents. The Delta variant has come to represent 41% of New Jersey's confirmed cases over four weeks (by June 26th). Governor Murphy urged unvaccinated residents to get the vaccine because doing so would slow the spread of the virus. Read more about statewide COVID cases here and find our Delta variant information guide here.
Free COVID-19 Vaccine Offered at City Hall
There will be free COVID-19 vaccines offered at City Hall (512 Springfield Avenue) on July 14th from 2-4 PM and July 16th from 10 AM-12 PM. Vaccines will be given at the Whitman Room located in City Hall. Recipients must be 18 and over and must live or work in Summit. Vaccines will be administered regardless of immigration of insurance status. For a PDF description of the event, click here.
Delta Variant Explained
In recent weeks, transmission of the COVID-19 delta variant has been increasing worldwide. A summary titled Delta Variant Explained is intended to provide citizens with useful information to help avoid the contagion. Wearing a mask indoors and practicing social distancing is an important step in avoiding the delta variant and staying healthy.
Formal Moratorium on Utility Shutoffs Ends July 1st
On June 14th, Governor Phil Murphy announced that he is signing an Executive Order ending the moratorium on utility shutoffs as of July 1st, 2021. A grace runoff period will run through December 31st, 2021, to give customers the time they need to enroll in payment assistance plans. Thus, no one will face a utility disconnect before December 31st, 2021.
New Jersey State Park Vax Passes Available Now
The New Jersey Department of Environment Protection is now offering a free State Parks Vax Pass under the new "Vax and Visit" campaign to all New Jersey residents who receive at least one dose of their COVID-19 vaccination by July 4, 2021. The pass will allow free access to New Jersey's 51 parks and forest facilities through December 31, 2021. If you have already purchased a pass but have received at least one dose of the vaccine, you can request a refund.
Visit here for more information.
Child Care Group Limits Eliminated May 26
Starting May 26, the fifteen child limit on child care classes will be returned to their normal regulated limits.
Changes in Employer Operating Practices on June 4th
Governor Phil Murphy announced that starting June 4th, employers may allow employees who can verify they are vaccinated to forego masking and social distancing.
New Jersey Indoor Mask Mandate Lifted May 28th and More Updates
On May 24th, Governor Murphy announced that the statewide indoor mask mandate will be lifted on May 28th. Businesses and entities overseeing indoor spaces may continue to require face masks for employees, customers, and/or guests. Masks will be continued to be required in state offices (such as the Motor Vehicle Commission) and worksites that are closed to the public (such as warehouses). Similarly, healthcare settings, public transportation, and public transportation hubs will continue to require masks indoors. Child care facilities, summer camps, preschool programs, elementary schools, and secondary schools will still require masks. If you are not fully vaccinated, you are encouraged to follow the CDC's guidance and continue to wear masks indoors.
Starting May 28th, the state government will also be lifting the requirement for maintaining six feet of social distancing in indoor and outdoor settings. However, locations that still require indoor masks will continue to mandate six feet of social distancing. Every business can choose whether they wish to implement social distancing protocol.
Starting May 28th, the state government will lift prohibitions on dance floors at bars and restaurants, as well as lifting the prohibition on eating/drinking while standing at bars and restaurants.
Starting June 4th, the state government will be removing all indoor gathering limits. The state government will also be lifting the 30% limit on indoor large venues with a fixed seating capacity of 1,000 or greater.
Changes in New Jersey Mask Protocol
On May 17th, Governor Phil Murphy announced that he will be signing an Executive Order lifting the outdoor mask mandate in public spaces as long as those public spaces allow for proper social distancing. However, the indoor mask mandate will stay in place.
Changes Made to New Jersey Travel Protocol
On May 17th, Governor Phil Murphy announced that travelers to New Jersey are no longer required to quarantine. However, travelers should still follow local health and safety protocol while traveling. Travelers should follow protocol from the US Department of State and the CDC. For the purpose of this guidance, domestic travel is defined as travel lasting 24 hours or longer to states or US territories other than contiguous states (i.e., Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware) while international travel has different guidelines. Schools should have a policy for exclusion of unvaccinated students and staff who are recommended to quarantine as per the NJDOH Recommended Minimum Quarantine Timeframe and CDC guidelines.
New Jersey Students Will be Back In-Person for the 2021-2022 School Year
On May 17th, Governor Phil Murphy announced that Executive Order #175, which had allowed school districts to provide remote instruction, will be repealed for the upcoming school year. Full-time remote learning will be removed, however, summer school programs will not be impacted.
NJ DOH Guidance for Health Clubs/Gyms/Fitness Centers May 7
Indoor premises of fitness centers are currently limited to 50% capacity, excluding staff. Additional capacity changes are expected to take effect on May 19. Requirements for facilities include (but are not limited to):
- Monitoring patrons and staff to ensure masking and social distancing of six feet when indoors
- Placing signage to instruct patrons they cannot enter if they have tested positive for COVID-19 and are still in their isolation period
- Conducting temperature screening of staff and patrons upon entrance
- Face coverings are to be worn by all patrons except when it would inhibit the individual’s health (such as in the pool)
- Attendance for indoor group activities must be limited so that individuals remain six feet apart
- Ensuring access to hand washing facilities on site and distribute hand sanitizer throughout the facility
- All equipment must be cleaned between use and staff should maintain a cleaning log
- All staff must wear provided face coverings at all time and must be screen at each shift
- Towel service may resume and staff should use gloves and masks when handling towels
- Showers must be individually partitioned with barriers, while shared saunas are not permitted
More information can be found here.
NJ DOH Youth and Adult Sports Interstate Restrictions May 7
Interstate outdoor games for youth sports were permitted on March 19, 2021. The restriction on indoor interstate youth competitions is expected to be lifted effective May 19, 2021. The NJSIAA governs high school sport activities and will follow NJ DOH guidelines. Guidelines for youth and adult interstate sports competitions include (but are not limited to):
- Abiding by a risk assessment chart that categorizes sports according to risk of contact
- Sports programs shall create a plan to prevent the spread of COVID-19
- Coaching staff and parents must wear face coverings, and athletes not engaging in activity must wear face coverings
- Team water coolers will not be permitted
- Locker rooms are permitted to open, but showers must be individually partitioned
- Sanitization of shared surfaces such as benches, dugouts, and other communal spaces
- Programs should evaluate the ventilation of their facilities
- All individuals participating in practices and competitions must be screen via temperature check or health questionnaire at the beginning of each session
- Social distancing will need to be maintained on buses/vans
- Coaches, participants, and school districts must work with local health departments to develop contact tracing after competitions
For more information, click here.
NJ DOH Pools and Aquatic Recreation Facility Standards May 7
Aquatic recreation facilities must limit indoor areas to 50% of the indoor capacity and new guidance will be issued with regards to limits on May 19. DOH standards for pool facilities include (but are not limited to):
- Approval to operate by the local health authority
- Adoption of the Aquatics Facility Plan
- Implementation of the COVID-19 Pool Operation Prevention Plan (CPOPP)
The CPOPP requires:
- Pool facility operations must train and equip personnel on COVID-19 safety
- Patrons and spectators must wear face coverings while on pool deck and when social distancing of 6 feet cannot be maintained
- Stagger the use of share spaces such as restrooms, showers, and locker rooms
- Create a communication system for self-reporting of symptoms
- Post signs in visible locations to promote steps that prevent the spread of the virus
- Designate COVID-19 Emergency Care Areas for those who become ill while on-site
- Facilities must evaluate and improve (if necessary) their ventilation systems
More information can be found here.
NJ DOH Health and Safety Standards for Outdoor Dining May 7
Standards for outdoor dining establishments include (but are not limited to):
- Limit seating to a maximum of eight customers per table, unless from the same family or household, and arrange seating to achieve a distance of six feet between tables
- Customers must wear face coverings at all times until their food or drinks arrive and after they have finished their food or drinks
- Provide a hand sanitizer station for customers and require customers wishing to enter the establishment to wear a face covering
- Catered events are limited up to 500 individuals in outdoor establishments
- Require sanitization of shared surfaces and high-touch areas like credit card machines
- An outdoor area should include an outdoor enclosed structure, such as a plastic dome, that seats an individual party
- The structure must be ventilated for a minimum of 15 minutes, then cleaned and sanitized
- Obtain all required municipal approvals and permits for the outdoor area
More standards and information can be found here.
NJ DOH Health and Safety Standards for Indoor Dining May 7
Currently, the indoor capacity limit for bars and food establishments with or without a liquor license is 50%. On May 3, 2021, Governor Murphy announced the resumption of seated bar service and the use of buffets. NJ DOH standards for indoor dining establishments and bars include (but are not limited to):
- Ensure that tables are seated six feet apart in all directions If this is not feasible, use physical barriers (e.g. plexiglass) of at least five feet in height
- Limit seating to a maximum of eight customers per table, unless they are from a family form the same household
- Customers must be seated at least six feet apart in the bar area
- Self-service food (e.g. buffets) are permitted but must be provided with hand sanitizer for patrons and stations must be routinely disinfected
- Catered events are limited to 50% of the capacity of the room, up to 250 individuals
- Customers must wear face coverings at all times until their food or drinks arrive and after they have finished their food or drinks
More standards and information can be found here.
NJ Transit offers free transportation to COVID-19 testing sites
NJ Transit has launched VAXRIDE, which is a program that offers free tickets for rides to and from COVID-19 vaccine appointments. To obtain these tickets, New Jersey residents can use the NJ Transit mobile app, can visit an NJ Transit customer service office, or can call NJ Transit customer service. VAXRIDE is valid for appointments at both public and private facilities. More information is offered here
Restrictions on businesses to be lifted May 19
Governor Phil Murphy announced that percentage-based capacity limits on businesses such as stores and restaurants will be lifted on May 19th. Similarly, all outdoor gathering limits will be removed. Indoor safety precautions will remain so patrons will still have to wear masks and maintain proper social distancing. Currently, indoor dining has a 50% capacity limit, while outdoor dining has no capacity limit as long as customers are socially distanced. Click here for more information.
Executive Order #238 Loosening COVID-19 Restrictions
Governor Phil Murphy's Executive Order #238 is going into effect on May 7, 2021 at 6:00 a.m. This loosens restrictions on certain gatherings in New Jersey, including (but not limited to):
- The number of individuals at outdoor gatherings will be increased to 500 people or fewer (e.g. religious services, funerals)
- Restaurants, bars, and social clubs which hold catered events and where food is served outside, can hold up to 500 people (excluding staff) at the outside event if each individual can maintain six feet of distance
- Restaurants, bars, and social clubs which hold catered events and where food is served indoors (e.g. indoor weddings, proms), can hold up to 50% of the room's capacity, but cannot exceed 250 people (excluding staff)
- Indoor gatherings (e.g. weddings, funerals etc...) will be able to hold up to 50% of the capacity of the room with a maximum of 250 people (excluding staff)
- Outdoor venues with more than 1,000 seats, such as stadiums and concert venues, will be able to fill to 50% capacity
The entirety of the executive order can be found here.
Expanded vaccine eligibility
Beginning Monday, April 5, the following New Jersey residents and essential workers will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine:
- Age 55+;
- Individuals age 16+ with intellectual and developmental disabilities;
- Higher education educators and staff;
- Librarians and library staff;
- Communications, IT, and Press;
- Real Estate, Building, and Home Service Workers;
- Retail Financial Institution Workers;
- Sanitation Workers;
- Laundry Service Workers; and
- Utility Workers.
More Eligibility for Walk-Ins at Mega-Sites
Walk-in vaccinations are now available to all New Jersey residents age 16-and-up. Walk-ins are available at the six New Jersey vaccine mega-sites at the following times:
- Atlantic City: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
- Atlantic City Convention Center, 1 Convention Boulevard, Atlantic City
- Bergen: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
- Racetrack at Meadowlands, 1 Racetrack Drive, East Rutherford)
- Burlington: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
- Moorestown Mall, 400 NJ-38, Moorestown
- Gloucester: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
- Rowan College of South Jersey, 1400 Tanyard Road, Sewell
- Middlesex: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
- New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center, 97 Sunfield Avenue, Edison
- Morris: 8:00 AM.- 12:00 PM
- Rockaway Townsquare, 301 Mt. Hope Avenue, Rockaway
For more information, visit the New Jersey COVID-19 information website
COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program
Enrollment for Phase II of the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program opens on Monday, March 22. This program provides assistance for rental arrears and temporary assistance for future rent to low- and moderate-income households that have had a substantial reduction in income, have qualified for unemployment benefits, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due, directly or indirectly, to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Applications will be accepted beginning at 9 AM on March 22 at njdca.onlinepha.com, and assistance is available at 609-490-4550.
Support for COVID-19 Recovery
Atlantic Health Systems is offering a four-part virtual support series for those who are recovering from COVID-19. The sessions will provide:
- Validation and support to deal with the continuum of emotions COVID-19 evokes;
- self-compassion and calming techniques, deep relaxation/mindfulness;
- strength and hope to create a spiritual healing plan to help face post-COVID-19 challenges; and more.
Sessions will be held from 12 to 1 PM via Zoom on Tuesdays March 30, April 6, April 13, and April 27. Click here for more information.
Zoom link Meeting ID: 665 229 7096 Passcode: 269010
Expanded vaccine eligibility
Beginning Monday, March 15, the following New Jersey residents will be eligible for vaccination:
- Pre-K to 12 educators and support staff, in Pre-K through 12th grade settings;
- Child care workers in licensed and registered settings;
- Public and local transportation workers, including bus, taxi, rideshare, and airport employees;
- Additional public safety workers who are not sworn law enforcement or fire professionals, including probation officers and fire safety inspectors;
- Migrant farm workers;
- Members of tribal communities; and
- Individuals experiencing homelessness and those living in shelter, including domestic violence shelters.
Beginning Monday, March 29, New Jersey residents working in the following categories will be eligible for vaccination:
- Food production, agriculture, and food distribution;
- Eldercare and support;
- Warehousing and logistics;
- Social services support staff;
- Elections personnel;
- Medical supply chain;
- Postal and shipping services;
- Clergy; and
- Judicial system.
If you have pre-registered on the state or county sites, or with Atlantic Health System, and are now eligible, you will receive an e-mail directing you to make an appointment to gert your fist vaccine dose.
March 8, 2021 - CDC Update for vaccinated individuals
The CDC has updated guidance on what you can do once you are fully vaccinated.
- You can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.
- You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
What hasn't changed:
For now, if you’ve been fully vaccinated:
- You should still take steps to protect yourself and others in many situations, like wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces. Take these precautions whenever you are:
- In public
- Gathering with unvaccinated people from more than one other household
- Visiting with an unvaccinated person who is at increased risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19 or who lives with a person at increased risk.
- You should still avoid medium or large-sized gatherings.
- You should still delay domestic and international travel.
- You should still watch out for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you’ve been around someone who is sick. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested and stay home and away from others.
Summit Community Center Vaccination Site
The City of Summit has partnered with Atlantic Health System's Overlook Medical Center to establish the Summit Community Center on 100 Morris Ave. as a location for COVID-19 vaccinations. An appointment is required. No walk-ins are allowed. Register for a vaccination appointment alert with Atlantic Health System here. For more information from the City of Summit go to www.cityofsummit.org/vaccine.
Update on the Operation of Schools within New Jersey
As of April 26, 2021:
- 246 districts were open for all in-person instruction (251,845 students)
- 470 districts were open for hybrid instruction (804,763 students)
- 47 schools continued with all-remote learning (179,251)
- 48 districts used a combination across buildings (117,618 students)
This announcement was issued by Governor Phil Murphy on April 26th, 2021.
New Carnival and Fair Capacities
Effective May 10th, 2021, outdoor carnivals and fairs will be able to hold 50% capacity. This announcement was issued by Governor Phil Murphy on April 26th, 2021.
New Outdoor Venue Capacities
Effective May 10th, 2021, outdoor capacity for large venues (defined as 1,000 or more fixed seats) will increase to 50%. However, seated groups still must remain at least six feet apart. This announcement was issued by Governor Phil Murphy on April 26th, 2021.
New Outdoor Gathering Capacities
Effective May 10th, 2021, the general outdoor gathering limit will increase to 500 people. This announcement was issued by Governor Phil Murphy on April 26th, 2021.
New Indoor Room Capacities
Effective May 10th, 2021, indoor events will increase to 50% capacity, with a maximum of 250 people. These events include private events such as weddings and proms, political events, funerals, memorial services, and performances. Dance floors at these events require masking and social distancing. Dance floors at bars and nightclubs still remain closed. This announcement was issued by Governor Phil Murphy on April 26th, 2021.
Help for immigrants during the pandemic
All individuals aged 16 and older who live, work, or study in New Jersey are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines, regardless of immigration status. If you are uninsured, you can still receive a vaccine. The vaccine is free – there is no cost to you. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection will not conduct enforcement operations at or near vaccine distribution sites or clinics. If you do not speak English, you can still receive a vaccine. All points of dispensing are asked to make translation or interpretation services available.
For more information click on the link below:
CARES Act for College Students
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act created a relief fund, some of which was set aside for assistance to college students. The purpose of these funds is to provide emergency relief to students experiencing hardships in college due to COVID-19. The Department of Education has awarded $6.19 billion to over 4,000 schools. The average amount per student has been recorded at $830.
For more information click on the link below:
Union County COVID-19 Vaccination Call Center
Union County has opened a COVID-19 Vaccination Call Center to assist seniors 65 years of age and older, and residents without internet access. Call center staff can help residents schedule a vaccination appointment and answer general questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.
The phone number is 908-613-7829. The hours of operation are Monday to Friday from 9AM to 7PM, and Saturdays from 9AM to 1PM.
Call center staff can assist the following Union County residents:
- Seniors 65 years of age and older;
- Those in the 18 to 64 age range with qualifying medical conditions who may lack internet access;
- Residents who need assistance in Spanish; and
- Residents who may need assistance with transportation to and from vaccination sites.
To make a vaccination appointment online with Union County, visit ucnj.org.
New Jersey COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center
The New Jersey Department of Health has opened a COVID-19 vaccine call center to help individuals with the vaccination process. The call center, available at 855-568-0545, will be open from 8 AM to 8 PM seven days a week.
Over 250 trained individuals will staff the call center initially, with plans to add additional agents to meet call volumes. The call center will be staffed with a mix of English and Spanish speaking agents as well as an interpretation service to support Chinese, Portuguese, Tagalog, Italian, and other languages prevalent in New Jersey.
Staff will be available to answer questions about the registration and scheduling process and can provide information on where to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Call center staff can pre-register individuals for the vaccine and will be able to assist in scheduling appointments for eligible individuals.
Seniors now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine
Beginning Thursday, January 14, the following New Jersey residents are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination:
- Ages 65 years and older
- Between the ages of 16-64 with medical conditions, as defined by the CDC that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus
If you have pre-registered on the State's vaccine website, and are now eligible, you will receive an email directing you to make an appointment to get your first vaccine dose.
New Jersey's Vaccination Plan
December 30, 2020 - COVID-19 vaccinations are underway across New Jersey. Learn more about the State's plan to equitably distribute the vaccine to New Jerseyans, and read through some frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine here.
Vaccination sites for eligible New Jersey residents
Find a list of vaccination sites for eligible NJ residents here, organized alphabetically by NJ county. All sites are operating by appointment only and documentation of healthcare employment status will be required.
EO 207 changes inclusion in the NJIIS from OPT-IN to OPT-OUT for anyone who chooses to take a COVID-19 vaccine
December 4, 2020 - Executive Order 207 changes inclusion in the NJ Immunization Information System (NJIIS) from OPT-IN to OPT-OUT for any resident who chooses to take a COVID-19 vaccine. 30 days after the current public health emergency ends, anyone who was enrolled due to the COVID-19 vaccine can opt out of the system.
The NJIIS is the established statewide immunization information system serving as the official repository of immunizations administered to NJ residents. The NJIIS has been operating since 1997 and contains over 4,657,091 demographic records of children, whose parents have previously consented to participate in the system. Most children are already enrolled in the system through the Electronic Birth Certificate (EBC) record process.
Find out more about immunization registries on the NJIIS website.
Senior Freeze Program Application Deadline Extended to February 1, 2021
This program reimburses eligible senior citizens and disabled persons for property tax or mobile home park site fee increases on their principal residence. Seniors can check their eligibility status and get more information here.
"How Can My College Student Come Home Safely for Thanksgiving?"
The New York Times has published information for college students returning home for Thanksgiving, including how to quarantine at home and safely celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with family members living in the same household. Safety tips available here. NY Times article available here.
Free Testing Resources
The State of New Jersey has put together a free resource for residents to used to locate testing centers. The site locator can be found here. Additionally, many pharmacies are providing free testing. These sites do not require individuals to have a smart phone to receive testing: Walgreens & CVS.
Effective Thurs 11/12, NJ bars and restaurants to close all indoor service by 10PM.
Takeout and delivery can continue beyond 10PM. Seating at indoor bars is also banned. Bars and restaurants, however, will be able to seat groups of people at tables closer than six feet together as long as they are separated by Plexiglas barriers. Outdoor igloos can be set up for individual groups as colder weather approaches. All indoor interstate sporting events for elementary, middle and high school students are prohibited under new restrictions.
Follow Health Department guidelines to control the spread of COVID-19 in Summit
As the number of cases in Summit and throughout the country continues to increase, it is more important than ever to follow recommendations from health officials on how and when to properly quarantine when testing positive for COVID-19 and self-isolate when your close contacts test positive. It is the only way to control the spread and stay healthy.
If you or your family members do not have access to masks, please email email@example.com. Union County Freeholders have provided the City of Summit with a limited supply of disposable masks to share with residents who need them. Printable poster.
EO 192 establishes new workplace health and safety standards for all NJ workers
October 24, 2020 - Executive Order 192 requires both private and public sector employers to follow health and safety protocols that will serve to protect their in-person work forces. The Order mandates that as of 6AM on November 5, all employers, at minimum, require individuals at the worksite to maintain at least six feet of distance from others to the maximum extent possible and require employees and visitors to wear masks when entering the worksite, subject to certain limited exceptions.
Other protocols require employers to provide approved sanitization materials to employees and visitors at no cost, ensure that employees practice hand hygiene and provide sufficient break time for that purpose, conduct daily health checks, exclude sick employees from the workplace and follow requirements of applicable leave laws, and more.
NJ Virtual Family Assistance Center
This integrated condolence care center offers emotional support and grief counseling, faith-based resources, funeral information, legal resources, financial information services, veterans' assistance, and more information relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more on the Red Cross website.
Additional funding to develop workforce development programs
October 21, 2020 - Governor Phil Murphy and Congressman Donald Norcross announced $14 million in additional Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to develop workforce development programs. The programs are designed to help businesses impacted by COVID-19 replenish their workforce and help jobless residents learn new skills that lead to successful reemployment. Click here for more information on the programs.
NJ Transit Travel Alerts and Advisories
Travel alerts for NJ Transit Rail, Light Rail, and Bus routes are updated 6AM-10PM on weekdays and 10AM-7PM on weekends. Citizens can sign up to have alerts sent to an email or mobile phone by making a My Transit account.
EO 190 extends utility shutoff moratorium through March 15, 2021
October 15, 2020 - Executive Order 190 prohibits publicly owned water systems, among all other utilities, from shutting off water service provided to residential accounts or any account that primarily serves residential customers for non-payment through March 15, 2021.
Any residential account, or account that primarily serves residential customers, that has been disconnected due to nonpayment since March 16, 2020 will be reconnected at no cost to the customer, with the exception of disconnections required for public health and safety. Customers who are able to do so will be urged to continue to make payments. Those who are in need of financial assistance will be asked to reach out directly to their utility directly.
COVID Alert NJ Exposure Notification App
COVID Alert NJ is New Jersey's free and secure mobile app that anonymously alerts users if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The app also provides users with up-to-date information on New Jersey reopening news, key COVID-19 metrics, and a user-friendly symptom tracking tool. COVID Alert NJ uses Bluetooth proximity technology. The app will never record any identifying data. All users will remain anonymous. Download in the App Store or Google Play Store. Visit www.Covid19.nj.gov/app for more information.
New Child Care Assistance Program
Applications now open for new State of NJ COVID-19 child care tuition assistance program created to help families with child care costs as schools open remotely. The $150 million program will provide child care tuition assistance to NJ families with incomes up to $75,000 that are in need of either full or part-time child care due to their child's remote learning schedule. Apply for assistance by completing online application at www.ChildCareNJ.gov. Need proof of income and a notice from their child's school of remote learning schedule.
How do I know if I am an asymptomatic carrier?
The only definitive way to know if you have COVID-19 is by getting tested. Testing is now available to everyone in New Jersey. Find a testing location near you by visiting covid19.nj.gov/testing. If you cannot get tested, you should assume you are a carrier if you have had direct contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient and you should self-quarantine for 14 days after direct contact. https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/26/6/20-0412_article
Travel Advisory Update
November 10, 2020 - People traveling to NJ from states with significant community spread of COVID-19 are asked to quarantine for 14 days from time of last contact in area. Travel advisory applies to persons arriving from area with positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over 7-day rolling average. Currently 45 states and U.S. jurisdictions meeting criteria: Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Florida; Georgia; Guam; Iowa; Idaho; Indiana; Illinois; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; New Hampshire; New Mexico; Nevada; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Puerto Rico; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Virginia; Wisconsin; West Virginia; Washington; and Wyoming.
Gyms and Fitness Center reopen with restrictions
All gyms and fitness centers may reopen indoor and outdoor spaces so long as they follow required social distancing and other safety protocols. This also applies to health club facilities located in hotels, motels, condominiums, cooperatives, and corporate offices. More information on protocols and what to expect in indoor and outdoor spaces https://covid19.nj.gov/search.html?query=gym+opening
Restaurants may reopen with the following restrictions
Food or beverage establishments may open, including restaurants, bars, cafeterias, and food courts, as well as all holders of a liquor license with retail consumption privileges. Establishments must follow appropriate mitigation requirements detailed in the Department of Health's Protocols for Outdoor Dining, Executive Order No. 157, Executive Order No. 183, and the Department of Health's Health and Safety Standards for Indoor Dining.
Grants for Landlords of Small Residential Properties
The Small Landlord Emergency Grant (SLEG) Program will reimburse small residential rental property owners for lost rent revenue due to COVID-19 between April and July 2020, as long as they agree to forgive outstanding back rent and late fees that their tenant accrued during this time. The application portal will open on Wednesday, August 19 at 9AM and remain open until Wednesday, August 26 at 1PM. More information: https://www.njhousing.gov/dca/hmfa/covid19/sleground1/
Information on self quarantine for visitors from the following states
New Jersey welcomes travel to and from our state. However, to save lives and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the State has issued an incoming travel advisory that all individuals entering New Jersey from states with a significant spread of COVID-19 should quarantine for 14-days after leaving that state. List of states where 14-day quarantine applies: https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/travel-information/which-states-are-on-the-travel-advisory-list-are-there-travel-restrictions-to-or-from-new-jersey
In New Jersey, individuals must wear face coverings:
- in outdoor public spaces when social distancing is not possible;
- in indoor spaces open to the public, including retail, recreational, and entertainment businesses, government buildings open to the public, and on public transportation; and
- in indoor commercial spaces closed to the public, including office buildings, when individuals are in prolonged proximity to others.
Mask information continued
There are exceptions for children under two years old, for eating and drinking at outdoor dining establishments, when individuals need to briefly remove face coverings for religious reasons, and when wearing a mask would endanger one’s health, including when engaging high intensity aerobic/anaerobic activities and when in water. The outdoor face covering requirement does not apply to child care centers, other center care facilities, and youth summer camps, which must follow their own specific guidance.
Union County Covid-19 Relief Grant Program for small businesses
The grant program makes available $2 million in CARES Act relief funds. Out of this funding, the program will provide grants up to $20,000 to eligible small businesses to cover three months rent, property mortgage, utility and insurance expenses. The grant is available to small businesses located within boundaries of Union County with 25 or fewer employees prior to COVID emergency. https://ucnj.org/coronavirus-update/grant-program-for-small-businesses/
NJ Dept of Labor and Workforce Development extending unemployment to NJ workers who have exhausted state and federal jobless benefits.
July 1, 2020 – The state extension kicks in after claimants exhaust up to 26 weeks of state unemployment plus 13 weeks of federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC). The additional 20 weeks of benefits brings to 59 the maximum number of weeks an eligible claimant may receive in benefits at this time. Claimants will be automatically enrolled into extended benefits as their federal extension ends. They do not need to contact an agent or reapply. https://www.nj.gov/labor/lwdhome/press/2020/20200701_20weekextension.shtml
Nonessential retail, outdoor dining, child care, and library curbside pickup reopen Monday, June 15
Department of Health Guidance for Retail Businesses
Department of Health Guidance for Restaurants and Bars
Department of Health Protocols for Outdoor Dining
State of New Jersey Guidance for Utilization of Outdoor Space
Stay at home order is lifted. Social distancing and face masks must continue.
June 9, 2020 - Indoor gatherings must be at 25% of building capacity or 50 people whichever is fewer. Faith gatherings can begin on Friday, June 12. *This does not pertain to indoor dining. Outdoor gathering limits are increasing to 100 people (limits exempt when people exercising first amendment rights or when attending outdoor religious services). Outdoor capacity will increase to 250 on June 22. Outdoor capacity will increase to 500 on July 3. For more information: https://covid19.nj.gov
NJ enters Phase Two of the Road to Recovery with relaxed restrictions
Phased-in businesses and activities, with adherence to safeguarding and modification guidelines, include: Outdoor dining (beginning on June 15), limited in-person retail (beginning on June 15), hair salons and barber shops (beginning on June 22), youth summer programs (beginning on July 6), limited fitness/gyms, government services and museums/libraries (to be announced soon). All workers who can work from home should continue to work from home.
Gatherings up to 25 persons following social distancing guidelines permitted
Gatherings must be limited to no more than 25 people, with all attendees remaining outdoors at all times during the gathering, with the exception of restroom use. All attendees are required to be six feet apart from other attendees at all times, excluding family and household members, caretakers, or romantic partners. No organized or contact sports allowed. All individuals at the gathering should wear face coverings at all times when unable to consistently maintain six feet of distance, in accordance with CDC recommendations. NJ Executive Order 148.
NJMVC Further Extends Driver License, Registration, and Inspection Expiration Dates Due to COVID-19
Deadlines for these documents, if expiring between March 13 and May 31, have been extended to July 31. Documents expiring June 30 are extended two months to August 31, and those expiring July 31 are extended to September 30 https://www.state.nj.us/mvc/
New Jersey public health state of emergency has been extended.
May 6, 2020 - On March 9, Governor Murphy declared both a state of emergency and a public health emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic. On April 7, Governor Murphy extended the public health state of emergency for an additional 30 days.Today he extended it another 30 days.This public health state of emergency may continue to be extended until a determination is made that an emergency no longer exists. https://covid19.nj.gov
SNAP Assistance During Coronavirus
Many New Jersey residents that receive food assistance through NJ SNAP will receive a higher beneﬁt in May to help address critical food needs related to the COVID‐19 pandemic.The added beneﬁt will be added directly to an EBT card. Go to: NJFamiliesFirst.com for more information or view the flyer.
Court Sessions to Resume Remotely
The New Jersey State Court has issued an order for municipal court sessions to resume beginning April 27, 2020, with the consent of all parties. Effective May 11, 2020, all sessions will proceed remotely by video conference or phone. Details for Summit, New Providence and Berkeley Heights will be issued soon. For more information: https://njcourts.gov/
Important Information from the Division of Unemployment Insurance
April 23, 2020 - The Department of Labor created a new web portal that allows New Jersey residents to contact the Department of Labor directly. This is a helpful tool for residents who have questions about their applications. https://www.myunemployment.nj.gov
Opening Up America Again guidelines from the White House
April 16, 2020 - Guidelines for Opening Up America Again is a three-phased approach based on the advice of public health experts. These steps are indicated to help state and local officials when reopening their economies, getting people back to work, and continuing to protect American lives. https://www.whitehouse.gov/openingamerica/
EO 126 prohibits termination of cable and internet service
Executive Order 126 prohibits telecommunications providers from terminating Internet and voice service due to nonpayment until 30 days after current public health emergency has ended. Order mandates that service downgrades, service reductions, or late fees due to nonpayment are prohibited unless imposed in accordance with policy approved by NJ Board of Public Utilities. Additionally, any Internet or voice service disconnected after March 16 due to nonpayment must be reconnected.
Online tool to answer questions for business impacted by COVID-19
April 10, 2020 - The NJ Business Action Center (NJBAC), in partnership with the NJEDA and the Office of Innovation, have set up a special website with a live chat feature to answer business questions related to COVID-19. The website is https://faq.business.nj.gov/en/collections/2198378-information-for-nj-businesses-on-the-coronavirus-outbreak
NJMVC remains closed, online options available
All New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission agencies, road testing, and inspection facilities remain closed to the public as a measure to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. All driver licenses, non-driver IDs, vehicle registrations, and inspection stickers expiring before May 31 have been extended by two months. Most renewals, replacements, changes of address, and other transactions can be processed online at https://www.state.nj.us/mvc/
Frequently asked questions by New Jersey workers during the COVID-19 emergency
Provides useful information on unemployment benefits, insurance and eligibility, paid leave, family leave and more. View FAQs here.
Combatting COVID-19 coronavirus scams and fraud
April 9, 2020 - Be aware that criminals are attempting to exploit COVID-19 worldwide through a variety of scams.The US Department of Justice is remaining vigilant in detecting, investigating, and prosecuting wrongdoing related to the crisis, and has established hotlines by phone at 866-720-5721 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to combat COVID-19 coronavirus fraud, as well as acts of hoarding and price gouging. For more information: https://www.justice.gov/coronavirus
Executive Order 122 impacts construction and essential retail
April 9, 2020 - Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 122, ceasing all non-essential construction projects and imposing additional mitigation requirements on essential retail businesses and essential industries to limit the spread of COVID-19 in New Jersey. The order also outlines specific protections and policies for all essential retail, manufacturing, and warehousing businesses, as well as businesses engaged in essential construction projects.Municipal construction guidance
Primary elections postponed to Tuesday, July 7
April 8, 2020 - Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 120, postponing primary elections on Tuesday, June 2nd to Tuesday, July 7th in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This includes primaries for President, the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, the 25th District of the New Jersey Legislature, and county and municipal elections, as well as county committee elections.
New Jersey public health state of emergency has been extended.
April 8, 2020 - On March 9, Governor Murphy declared both a state of emergency and a public health emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic. On April 7, Governor Murphy extended the public health state of emergency for an additional 30 days.This public health state of emergency may be extended until a determination is made that an emergency no longer exists. https://covid19.nj.gov
Community raising money to support local small businesses in Summit impacted by COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak
April 7, 2020 - Mayor Nora Radest (video message) in partnership with The Summit Foundation and Summit Downtown, Inc. (SDI) has established the Sustain Summit Fund, an emergency assistance grant program. Please consider making a tax deductible donation today. https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/sustain-summit-fund
Drive thru screening open for Union County residents
March 30, 2020 - Union County residents, first responders and health care workers with COVID-19 symptoms advised to call 908-373-5105 to speak with a triage nurse (no walk-ins admitted). When appointment scheduled, proceed to drive thru testing center. No prescription or doctor’s visit required. More information
Instructions and next steps following a positive diagnosis for COVID-19
March 30, 2020 - The Westfield Regional Health Department is providing guidance on what to do next following a positive test result for COVID-19 coronavirus.
CDC Issues Domestic Travel Advisory
CDC urges NJ, NY and CT residents to avoid non-essential domestic travel for 14 days. Advisory does not apply to employees of critical infrastructure industries, including but not limited to trucking, public health, financial services, and food supply. CDC Media Statement
Summit Police enforcing social distancing
March 28, 2020 - Summit Police Department is enforcing social distancing guidelines critical to containing COVID-19 virus by dispersing small groups of people on streets and in public spaces. Enforcement measures in response to observed lack of compliance to State of NJ emergency order. Full news release
NJ Dept of Health guidance for entering essential businesses
March 27, 2020 - If you must leave home to access essential goods, go at non-peak times, keep distance from other customers, keep visits brief, and go alone if possible. When shopping and standing in line, keep six feet between customrs and staff. Individuals with symptoms such as fever or a cough, have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or undergoing quarantine for potential exposure, should not enter a retail store.
Summit Public Schools to offer meals to all Summit residents under age 18
March 20, 2020 - All residents under the age of 18 regardless of their school or eligibility in Free/Reduced Meal Programs are eligible for breakfast and lunch “grab-and-go” meals at pick-up locations at Summit High School and Jefferson School from 8AM to 10AM daily. Click here for more info.
Designated Parking Spaces in Downtown Summit for Curbside Pickup
March 20, 2020 - In a combined effort to support local businesses, the City of Summit Parking Services Agency is working with Summit Downtown Inc. to provide designated parking spaces in downtown Summit to facilitate curbside pickup of items ordered by customers from businesses either online or by telephone. Designated parking spaces will be indicated by signs reading, “Curbside Pickup Only” and are reserved for patronsof businesses offering this service. If a vehicle is parked in a curbside pickup space for more than 15 minutes, it may be issued a parking violation.
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