Coronavirus Update - March 23, 2020
One additional case of COVID-19 has been confirmed by the Washington Township Health Department in conjunction with the state Department of Health. For more information please click the link here.
The Governor’s office clarified in a conference call Sunday that non-retail businesses are allowed to remain open, but must facilitate work at home for their employees if possible and must follow the social distancing, no large groups (10 and under) and use the minimum workforce practicable. Real estate open houses are permitted, providing they practice social distancing and limit groups to 10 and under, until further notice, and day care centers will remain open under the recent order. In addition, golf courses are also allowed to remain open for maintenance and course work ONLY but people are not permitted to travel to play golf and therefore courses (public and private) are not permitted to open for play
The Washington Township Municipal Offices will continue to be closed to the public. Offices are staffed in a staggered manner to prevent spread of any illnesses should they impact Township employees. We are attempting to do all business via phone, email, and dropbox. When leaving messages for Township staff please clearly state, slowly and clearly, an email address and telephone number for contact purposes.
All Board and Committee meetings have been suspended.
Parks will remain open but playgrounds will be closed.
Athletic fields closed to all organized sports groups until further notice.
If utilizing walking trails, please maintain a distance of 6 feet, and limit group size, per CDC guidelines. (The CDC still recommends group sizes of no more than 50, but the Township encourages smaller groups.)
Programs at Senior Center and Teen Center are suspended.
Municipal Court has been cancelled through March 27.
Public inquiries and requests will be handled online or by email. The Township of Washington offers the ability to make payments on line for:
• Alarm Registration: https://wtmorris.org/index.php/services/make-a-payment/alarm-registration.html
• Service Requests can also be made online at https://wtmorris.net/
• Traffic Tickets: https://wtmorris.org/index.php/departments/municipal-court.html
- other tickets without mandatory appearances can be paid over the phone by credit card by calling 908-876-3852
You may also call ahead to obtain payment amounts for taxes, permits, etc. and identifying info for the memo line if you wish to pay by check and leave it in the Municipal Building dropbox (located on the left side of the front door) which will be checked frequently. Department contact phone numbers and email are available at: https://wtmorris.org/index.php/departments.html
Township staff will make every effort to provide any information you are looking for by phone, email or fax. Many documents and forms can also be found online at: https://wtmorris.org/index.php/government/township-forms-and-documents
Inspections will only be done for outdoor or unoccupied facilities. You will be asked if anyone in your household or business had fever, cough or shortness of breath to schedule a date at least two weeks into the future. No indoor inspections of occupied structures will be conducted through March 27, To reschedule contact the appropriate department:
Current information and updates, as they become available, can be found on the township website at https://wtmorris.org/index.php/community/news/health-announcements.html
Many updates and announcements (hours for Seniors to shop in local stores, list of local restaurants providing take out, etc) have been posted to the Township website, a history of all postings be found here: https://washingtontwp.forumbee.com/category/articles
The New Jersey Poison Information and Education System (NJPIES) opened a COVID-19 Information Hotline to assist in answering questions from the general public. Residents should contact the call center at 1-800-222- 1222 or, if in NJ but using a non-NJ cell phone, at 1-800-962-1253. The call center is available 24/7 and can accommodate calls in multiple languages. Clinicians should contact their local health department for guidance.
Additional information can be found on NJ Department of Health’s website: https://www.state.nj.us/health/cd/topics/ncov.shtml and the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
For more information, residents can also contact the Washington Township Health Department at 908-876-3650.
The Health Department does not conduct COVID-19 lab testing.
Mayor Matthew T. Murello