Posted Thursday, March 19th, 2020
PERTAINS TO ALL RESIDENTS, BUSINESSES, AND GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN MORRIS COUNTY
Morris County has issued an emergency declaration in connection with the COVID-19 outbreak that places restrictions on recreational business and recreational activities in Morris County starting tonight.
The emergency declaration was signed today by Morris County Emergency Management Coordinator Scott DiGiralomo.
“This is a very serious and difficult situation that requires county government to act strongly and decisively to help control the spread of the coronavirus,’’ said Freeholder Director Deborah Smith. “We ask all county residents to join with us and pull together in a united fashion to deal with this life-and-death issue, to help limit the community spread of this virus, which has disrupted our entire society.’’
The county is making this emergency declaration in consultation with local health officials who find that the evidence of community spread of COVID-19 continues to pose an increased risk to the safety of the people of Morris County.
Per the emergency declaration, the following types of businesses are ordered closed, within the geographic borders of Morris County, effective 8 p.m. today, March 19:
The following restrictions also go into effect immediately:
Local authorities will have the ability to enforce these new rules.
Also, in the interest of public health and safety, the emergency declaration also calls for the future establishment of a county drive-through virus sampling site to help deter community spread of the virus. More information will be forthcoming on this project.
The terms of this Morris County emergency declaration will remain in effect until further order. It may be modified, altered, and/or amended as the situation develops.
The county emergency declaration supplements items addressed in Gov. Phil Murphy’s state executive order. That order limits social gatherings to 50 people or less, and closed all gaming facilities, race tracks, and other entertainment centers, and directed all non-essential retail, recreation, and entertainment business to close.
To read the text of the county emergency order, visit https://morriscountynj.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/County-of-Morris-Declaration-of-Emergency-03-19-20.pdf