Berkeley, South Toms River, Beach Haven suspend public access to town buildings
A number of local and county government offices continue their precautionary measures by limiting or suspending all public access to town hall and other municipal buildings.
Berkeley Township, South Toms River and Beach Haven have all announced their respective plans to suspend public access and encourage residents to instead call their offices or email the person who can help them meet their needs.
In accordance with Executive Order 103, N.J.S.A. App. A:9-45., and N.J.S.A. App. A:9-40.5., which authorize and empower local Offices of Emergency Management to promulgate rules and to waive, suspend, or modify any existing rule where its enforcement would be detrimental to the public welfare, and specifically authorizes the local OEM to take appropriate steps to address the public health hazard of COVID-19, the Borough of South Toms River Office of Emergency Management, has closed their offices to public access for the next thirty days.
At that point the protocol will be reevaluated and extended if necessary.
The Borough of Beach Haven will be exercising its social distance by limiting public interaction.
As of Monday, all public buildings in Beach Haven will remain locked until further notice.
- BUSINESS HOURS: Borough offices will be staffed as usual Monday – Friday during the hours of 9:00am – 4:00pm. Borough business shall be conducted via telephone, email and regular mail. Visits to the Borough Hall should only be done when necessary to drop-off payments or correspondence in the front vestibule.
- POLICE: Please call #609-492-0505 for non-emergencies. In person, utilize exterior Police phones at the rear of the Police Station and on Engleside Ave. for Police assistance.
- CONSTRUCTION HOURS: Call #609-492-0111 X225, X221 or X217 for inspections on Monday, Wednesday & Fridays between the hours of 9:00pm-4:00pm. Blank construction packets will be available upon request by calling Borough Hall.
- ZONING HOURS: Call 609-492-0111 X223 for zoning assistance on Monday & Wednesday
Court session for April has been cancelled.
TAX & WATER PAYMENTS: Payments may be mailed or can be paid online through our website www.beachhaven-nj.gov. Payments can also be placed in the drop bins in the front vestibule of the Borough Hall.
BEACH BADGES: Pre-season sales have begun. NO BADGES are available for pickup at this time. The Borough is only accepting badge orders with payment. Please mail all orders or put in the drop bins in the front vestibule of the Borough Hall.
In Berkeley Township, Mayor Carmen Amato wrote a letter to residents on Monday announcing restrictions.
As you know, President Trump and Governor Murphy have declared a Medical State of Emergency due to the Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) Pandemic. What we do collectively over the next 3 to 4 weeks will have a significant impact as we all do our part to “flatten the curve”.
As a result, the following actions will be immediately implemented in Berkeley Township:
1. No public access to all township buildings. The police department lobby will remain open to the public. Berkeley Township Municipal Offices, Public Works and Recreation will be staffed with personnel, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Personnel will be able to answer questions over the telephone and via email. Residents may call Town Hall at: 732-244-7400 during the above hours. Department of Public Works can be reached at: 732-349-4616 from 7:00am to 3:00pm. All scheduled meetings at the Recreation Center are cancelled and should be rescheduled. To reschedule, or for information, call: 732-269-4456.
2. All gatherings, as directed by the CDC should be canceled or rescheduled. The best way to “flatten the curve” is through “social distancing” which is designed to limit social interaction.
3. We understand that our residents regularly visit our Municipal Building and Recreation Center. We have developed a “Skip the Trip” interactive flyer that provides helpful links on how to: pay your taxes online; check on building permits; apply for a marriage license and other routine paperwork. Payments or other paperwork may be dropped in the secure box located on the exit driveway at Town Hall.
The Health and Well-being of our residents and employees is our top priority.
We encourage all of our residents to stay informed through trustworthy information sources, and to take simple but effective health precautions.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19.
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
As a reminder, the CDC & OCHD recommends preventive actions to help halt the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
• SOCIAL DISTANCING
• Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing;
• If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol; and
• Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth;
• Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
• Staying home when you are sick and avoiding contact with persons in poor health;
• Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then disposing of the tissue;
• Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe;
For more information on COVID-19, visit: www.ochd.org or call the New Jersey hotline available around the clock for questions at 1-800-222-1222.
OCHD has also set up a hotline number for residents’ questions regarding the coronavirus. The number is 732-341-9700 ext. 7411.