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March 15 Update from Mayor and Council on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 15 update from Somerdale Mayor and Council on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
March 15, 2020

Dear Somerdale Residents: 

We are all facing some very difficult and uncertain times as the spread of COVID-19 impacts our country. As local leaders, it is our responsibility to stay informed and make decisions that will provide the safest possible environment for you, our residents, given the current circumstances.   Please take a moment to review this important information about the Borough of Somerdale’s response to the threat of the spread of COVID-19.   

Last Monday, Governor Murphy declared a state of emergency for the State of New Jersey.  This past Saturday, Chief Justice Rabner postponed all municipal court sessions through March 27th.  The Governor announced the possibility of statewide curfews or closing of businesses in an effort to minimize any spread of the virus. Both Sterling High School and Park Elementary School have closed and will be initiating remote learning through March 27th.  More information on the schools’ status will appear on their website.   

As of now, we are unaware of any cases in Somerdale and are working closely with our County and State Health Departments as well as our schools and emergency responders to monitor and respond to this rapidly changing situation.  The health and safety of our residents and staff remain our top priority. 

In the Borough of Somerdale, we are taking any potential risk to our community very seriously. Proactive, precautionary measures are being taken as an attempt to stem possible spread within our community.  To that end, the following service and facility changes will be enacted: 

·      The Municipal Building will be closed to the public beginning Monday, March 16th and reopening Monday, March 30th.  We will be monitoring the situation daily and may adjust this schedule if need be.   We intend to provide all of the services that you have come to expect and have taken measures to target safety and sanitary practices as they directly relate to overall risk.  

·      Marriage Licenses & Death Certificates will be available by appointment only.  Please call 856-783-6320, ext. 3300 to schedule your appointment.

·      Construction permits will be available by appointment only.  Please call 856-783-6320 ext. 1500  

·      Tax and sewer payments should be mailed to:  The Borough of Somerdale, 105 Kennedy Blvd. Somerdale, NJ  08083.  

·      Our police, fire and ambulance departments will remain on duty.   Call 911 in the event of an emergency and 856-783-4900 for non-emergency issues.  If you go to the borough for a non-emergency police matter, use the phone in the vestibule area and an officer will respond and speak with you.

·      Municipal Court – closed through March 27th(please see the back of your ticket for on-line payment information)

·      All borough sponsored events are suspended (does not include SBSA Baseball) until further notice.  SBSA will be notifying their organization directly

·      There will be no changes in trash pickup or recycling.

·      The Community Center will be closed and not excepting rentals for immediate use until further notice

·      We will be reviewing all scheduled public meetings, including Council & Planning/Zoning Board meetings to determine whether they are necessary for the continuation of governmental operations. 

The best way to prevent the spread and contraction of Coronavirus is by practicing good personal hygiene:

·      Wash your hands thoroughly, and often, with soap and water for 20 seconds

·      Stay home when you’re sick

·      Avoid contact with others who are sick

·      Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue

·      Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects

·      Avoid confined places with crowds of 50 or more people 

This has been a frightening and stressful time for many. Please know that we are doing everything possible to ensure your safety and continue our services without disruption.  We apologize for any inconveniences our actions may have but these are extraordinary times that require extraordinary actions.   Be safe, exercise good judgement and watch over your family, friends, and neighbors. Together, we will overcome this challenge. 

Continue to monitor our website for updates as well as these key sources for information: 

·      Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

·      State Department of Health has established a 24-hour public hotline – 800-222-1222.  

·      Camden County: https://www.camdencounty.com/service/health-human-services/covid-19-updates/ 

We truly appreciate everyone’s cooperation under these difficult circumstances.

Thank you for your understanding and patience.

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