COVID-19 Coronavirus Response
All city buildings are now open but members of the public are encouraged to conduct business remotely. Contact information for city departments is available through the staff directory or by calling 908-277-9400.
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. Masks are required to enter all city buildings and facilities, no exceptions. Social distancing guidelines will also enforced.
Statistics as of Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Total number of positive cases in Summit, NJ: 681*
Total number of deaths in Summit, NJ: 18*
Total number of positive cases in New Jersey: 317,905
Total number of positive cases in Union County: 27,112
Total number of deaths in New Jersey: 15,057
Total number of deaths in Union County: 1,258
*Case numbers are updated WEEKLY with positive test results provided by the Westfield Regional Health Department. Last update: Friday, November 20. 2020
What You Need to Know
"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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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://njhousing.gov/rentals/sleg/
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
Statewide Open Enrollment for COVID-19 EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (CVERAP) opens on Monday, July 6 at 9AM to Friday, July 10 at 5PM
The COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (CVERAP) will provide temporary rental assistance to low- and moderate-income households that have had a substantial reduction in income or became unemployed due the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants may be eligible for a maximum of up to six months of emergency rental assistance. All participants will be selected through an online lottery process. For more information: https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dhcr/offices/cverap.html
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/
Elections Changes in New Jersey due to COVID-19
May 15, 2020 - This will primarily be a vote-by-mail election, however the State will ensure that a limited number of in-person polling places each county will be open to ensure that everyone can exercise their right to vote. All registered Democratic and Republican voters will automatically receive a postage-paid vote-by-mail ballot. All unaffiliated and inactive voters will automatically receive a postage-paid vote-by-mail ballot application. Executive Order 144
Non-essential businesses and construction allowed to resume
May 13, 2020 - By Executive Order 142 and effective at 6AM on Monday, May 18, non-essential construction projects may resume with appropriate safeguards in place, non-essential retail stores may reopen for online or phone ordering and curbside pickup only, and drive-through and drive-in events such as movies and church services may resume under social distancing guidelines and if participants remain in cars.
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
Public schools closed for in-person instruction for remainder of school year
May 4, 2020. Governor Murphy announced today that all public schools in New Jersey will remain closed for in-person instruction for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
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.
State and county parks to open May 2 along with golf courses
Effective at sunrise on Saturday, May 2 and by executive order, the State of New Jersey is reopening all state and county parks, and will allow golf courses to reopen. Social distancing will continue to be mandated.
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 email@example.com 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
CDC Recommends Wearing Face Masks in Public
April 4, 2020 - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends people wear cloth or fabric face coverings when making essential trips into public spaces. Recommendation to wear masks in public is voluntary and will help prevent people who are asymptomatic with COVID-19 from spreading the infection. CDC recommends constructing your own cloth mask to help ensure access by doctors and nurses to medical-grade surgical or N95 masks amid a widespread shortage of personal protective equipment.
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.
Federal social distancing guidelines extended through April 30
March 29, 2020 - President Trump announced that Americans must continue to avoid nonessential travel, going to work, eating at bars and restaurants, or gathering in groups of more than 10 for at least another month and perhaps until June.
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.
Governor Murphy announces statewide stay at home order, closing all non-essential retail businesses
March 21, 2020 - Only critical businesses may remain open. All other retail businesses must close, businesses must move to 100% work-from-home if possible. Public ordered to stay at home. All gatherings canceled. Info on businesses allowed to stay open.
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.
Important tax appeal filing deadline extensions
March 20, 2020 - Important information from the Supreme Court of New Jersey for corporate and residential taxpayers on property tax appeal filing deadlines in New Jersey: Deadlines to file county tax board and state tax court appeals for corporate and residential property has been extended to May 1, 2020 or 30 days following a determination by the Governor of the State of New Jersey to end the existing State of Emergency.
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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