As New Jersey gets slammed by a second wave of the coronavirus, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Thursday that he is signing an executive order giving municipalities and counties the option to regulate the operating hours of non-essential businesses after 8:00 p.m.
Murphy made the announcement on the same day that new restrictions for bars and restaurants limit hours of operation for indoor service went into effect.
Montclair Public Schools announced Wednesday that all schools would remain on remote instruction, citing risk of community spread and rising COVID-19 cases in the township.
Superintendent Dr. Jonathan Ponds said, in an email to families, “based on regional risk factors and in close consultation with the Montclair Health Department, our school doctor and medical team, we are unable to commence in-person instruction on November 16. Unfortunately, the data I received this morning demonstrates an increase in community spread of COVID-19.”
Given concerns about increased community spread in Montclair, Baristanet asked township officials if Montclair would impose any further restrictions.
The Township said it is reviewing Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 195 and the current circumstances to which it may be applicable in Montclair. In light of the dangers posed by COVID-19 and, given the State of Emergency and Public Health Emergency which are still in effect, the Township will take any action deemed necessary and appropriate to limit community spread and to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the public.
“Our Office of Emergency Management has worked hard to take actions to ensure the safety of all our residents,” noted Mayor Sean Spiller. “I am confident that this additional potential tool will be utilized as appropriate to continue to protect against this virus.”