The New Jersey State Department of Health has informed the City of Summit of two new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Summit, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 190.
The Westfield Regional Health Department has informed the City of Summit of one recent fatality in Summit from the COVID-19 coronavirus. The deceased individual had underlying health conditions and was hospitalized.
Additional statistics are available at https://www.cityofsummit.org/coronavirus
By Executive Order 142 and effective at 6AM on Monday, May 18, non-essential construction may resume with appropriate safeguards in place, non-essential retail stores may reopen for online or phone ordering and curbside pickup only, and drive-through and drive-in events such as movies and church services may resume under social distancing guidelines and if participants remain in cars.
At construction sites, non-essential project work can resume with sensible safeguards in place:
• Clear posting of safety protocols
• Preventing overcrowding
• Prohibiting non-essential visitors
• Staggering work hours and breaks
• Ensuring proper sanitation
Non-essential retail stores may reopen for online or phone ordering and curbside pickup only and must follow social distancing guidelines. Businesses must continue to have their in-store operations closed to customers. Businesses who choose to offer curbside pickup must abide by the requirements in the Order, which include but are not limited to the following:
• In-store operations should be limited to those employees who are responsible for the operations required for curbside pickup;
• Customer transactions should be handled in advance by phone, email, facsimile or other means that avoid person-to-person contact;
• Customers shall notify the retailer by text message, email, or phone once they arrive, or make best efforts to schedule their arrival time in advance. The customer should be asked to remain in their vehicle, if arriving by car, until store staff delivers the purchase;
• Designated employees should bring goods outside of the retail establishment and place goods directly in a customer's vehicle when possible, avoiding person-to-person contact; and
• Such businesses must follow social distancing and mitigation practices outlined in previous orders, including requiring workers to wear cloth face coverings when in contact with other workers or customers and gloves when in contact with goods or customers.
Gatherings of vehicles, such as drive-in movies or church services, are not a violation of the executive order prohibiting mass gatherings, as long as all participants remain in cars. If vehicles are closer than six feet apart, then all windows, sunroofs, or convertible tops must remain closed. The Order states that car gatherings do not violate the Governor's ban on gatherings under Executive Order No. 107. Examples of such car gatherings include but are not limited to drive-in movies, religious services, or drive-through farms or safaris. Car gatherings will be subject to the restrictions in the Order, which include but are not limited to the following:
• Attendees must remain in their same car throughout the gathering, unless 1) an occupant needs to get out of the vehicle for their health or safety or 2) an occupant needs to use the restroom;
• The vehicle must remain closed at all times unless 1) there is six feet of distance between other vehicles or individuals or 2) an officer, public official or guard requires the vehicle to open. There is a further exception allowing the opening of the vehicle if necessary for health or safety;
• Individuals organizing the gathering who are not in vehicles must follow social distancing and wear cloth face coverings; and
• To the degree that a gathering requires pre-payment, or seeks donations of any kind, contactless options for pre-payment or donation, such as online or by telephone, must be offered wherever feasible.
Self-serve car washes may open. If staff is taking payment or washing wheels they may be open. Those with staff who go inside cars to clean or drive the vehicles may not reopen.
All of these openings require use of masks and maintaining social distancing guidelines.
Executive Order 142: https://www.cityofsummit.org/DocumentCenter/View/4229/NJ-Executive-Order-142-resume-non-essential-retail-and-construction
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