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New COVID-19 Restrictions

Today, Governor Murphy announced new restrictions to help slow the spread of COVID 19.  Beginning Monday, December 7th outdoor gatherings will be limited to 25 individuals with exemptions for political and religious gatherings, weddings, funerals and memorial services.  Please note, that outdoor dining will not be included in the new restrictions.
In addition, beginning at 6am on December 5th through January 2nd 2021 all indoor youth and adult sports will be put on pause.  The ban does not include collegiate or professional teams. 

Travel Update – Tuesday, November 24th

The 14-day quarantine travel advisory applies to travel from certain “impacted states” identified as those that 1) have an average daily number of new cases higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a seven-day period or 2) have a 10% or higher positivity rate over a seven-day period. The advisory applies to travel from states that meet either of these levels.
 
Due to the interconnected nature of the region and mode of transport between New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, a 14-day quarantine is not reasonable in all instances. Non-essential travel to and from these states, however, is highly discouraged at this time.
 
As of Tuesday, November 24, 47 states and U.S. jurisdictions are on the list of “impacted states”:
  • Alabama (added 6/24/20)
  • Alaska (re-added 9/1/20)
  • Arizona (re-added 10/20/20)
  • Arkansas (added 6/24/20)
  • California (re-added 10/27/20)
  • Colorado (added 9/29/20)
  • Florida (added 6/24/20)
  • Georgia (added 6/30/20)
  • Guam (added 8/25/20)
  • Idaho (added 6/30/20)
  • Illinois (added 7/28/20)
  • Indiana (added 7/21/20)
  • Iowa (added 6/30/20)
  • Kansas (added 7/7/20)
  • Kentucky (added 7/28/20)
  • Louisiana (added 6/30/20)
  • Maine (added 11/10/20)
  • Maryland (re-added 10/20/20)
  • Massachusetts (added 10/27/20)
  • Michigan (added 10/13/20)
  • Minnesota (re-added 9/22/20)
  • Mississippi (added 6/30/20)
  • Missouri (added 7/21/20)
  • Montana (re-added 9/1/20)
  • Nebraska (added 7/21/20)
  • Nevada (re-added 9/22/20)
  • New Hampshire (added 11/10/20)
  • New Mexico (re-added 10/6/20)
  • North Carolina (added 6/24/20)
  • North Dakota (added 7/21/20)
  • Ohio (re-added 10/13/20)
  • Oklahoma (added 7/7/20)
  • Oregon (added 11/4/20)
  • Puerto Rico (re-added 9/15/20)
  • Rhode Island (re-added 9/22/20)
  • South Carolina (added 6/24/20)
  • South Dakota (added 8/11/20)
  • Tennessee (added 6/30/20)
  • Texas (added 6/24/20)
  • Utah (added 6/24/20)
  • Vermont (added 11/17/20)
  • Virgin Islands (re-added 11/24/20)
  • Virginia (re-added 10/13/20)
  • Washington (re-added 11/4/20)
  • West Virginia (added 9/8/20)
  • Wisconsin (added 7/14/20)
  • Wyoming (added 9/22/20)
  • Note: Hawaii was removed 9/15/20. The District of Columbia was removed on 8/4/20.
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This list will be updated regularly.
 
The self-quarantine is voluntary, but compliance is expected
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We ask that you complete a voluntary online survey to provide information about where you are traveling from and your destination if you have traveled to, or are returning from, one of the states that has been designated above.

NJ Department of Health Safety Protocols/Guidance for Long-Term Care Facilities For The Holiday Season

TRENTON – With the upcoming holiday season, the New Jersey Department of Health today issued health and safety guidance for the state’s long-term care facilities, which provides measures for residents who leave the facility for a holiday gathering, including a 14-day quarantine at the conclusion of their visit.

To protect the health of this vulnerable population, the Department strongly recommends against families taking residents out of facilities for holiday celebration events or gatherings. Instead, the Department recommends visitation outdoors or possibly indoors in facilities that meet the requirements for indoor visitation. Long-term care facilities should plan to accommodate increased virtual communications for residents.

“Small family gatherings are a significant driver of increasing cases, and bringing your loved one’s home could put them at risk,” said Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli. “We remain concerned about the number of outbreaks we are seeing in long-term care, so we need to be especially vigilant to protect this population. We continue to partner with the industry to improve quality and infection control in these facilities.”

Long-term care facilities need to develop a plan for holiday visits and gatherings which estimate the number of residents who can be cohorted for a 14-day quarantine period from Nov. 25 through Dec. 31.

Long-term care facilities should create a reservation process tied to the number of individuals the facility can quarantine on their return. Residents who leave the facility for family visits must be quarantined upon return to the facility either in their own room, if they have a private room, or in an observation room.

A waiting list should be created once the reservation list is full. However, residents and families should be informed that residents who leave without a reservation or while on a waiting list may not be guaranteed readmittance to the facility at the end of their visit.

Residents and families must certify that they will follow masking, social distancing and hand hygiene practices, and that they will notify the facility if anyone who attended the holiday gathering tests positive for COVID-19 or exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 within 14 days of the resident’s visit/stay outside the facility.

Link to The NJ Department of Health’s Safety Guidance:

https://www.state.nj.us/health/cd/topics/11-16-20%20Memo%20Long%20Term%20CAre%20Facilities%20-%20-NJ%20Department%20of%20Health%20Holiday%20Visitation%20Guidance.pdf

Travel Update – as of November 17th

TRENTON – Today, Governor Phil Murphy advised individuals traveling to New Jersey from states or territories with significant community spread of COVID-19 to quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state or territory. The updated advisory includes the addition of Maine and New Hampshire, bringing the total to 45 states and territories. The travel advisory applies to any person arriving from a state or territory with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, FL, GA, GU, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NM, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PR, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY

Due to the interconnected nature of the region and mode of transport between New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, a 14-day quarantine is not reasonable in all instances. Non-essential travel to and from these states, however, is highly discouraged at this time.

New Indoor and Outdoor Capacity Limits

Today, Governor Murphy announced that he is signing an Executive Order which will limit indoor and outdoor gatherings in the hope of stopping the spread of COVID 19.

Beginning tomorrow, November 17, 2020:

Indoor gatherings are limited to a maximum of 10 people.

The following gatherings may continue under the current rules which are  limited to 25% of a room’s capacity, up to 150 people.

Religious services, celebrations and political events, weddings, funerals/memorial services and performances.  In addition, indoor sports may exceed the 10 person limit only for necessary individuals (players, coaches or referees).

Beginning Monday, November 23, 2020:

Outdoor gatherings are limited to a maximum of 150 people

Travel Update – as of November 10th

TRENTON – Today, Governor Phil Murphy advised individuals traveling to New Jersey from states or territories with significant community spread of COVID-19 to quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state or territory. The updated advisory includes the addition of Maine and New Hampshire, bringing the total to 45 states and territories. The travel advisory applies to any person arriving from a state or territory with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

As of Tuesday, November 10, there are currently 45 states and territories that meet the criteria stated above: Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Florida; Georgia; Guam; Iowa; Idaho; Indiana; Illinois; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Missouri; Mississippi; Montana; North Carolina; North Dakota; Nebraska; New Hampshire; New Mexico; Nevada; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Puerto Rico; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Virginia; Wisconsin; West Virginia; Washington; and Wyoming.

Due to the interconnected nature of the region and mode of transport between New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, a 14-day quarantine is not reasonable in all instances. Non-essential travel to and from these states, however, is highly discouraged at this time.