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Notice to Residents: November 17, 2020 Update from the Chief of Police

Residents,

I’m sure you’re all aware the Governor issued a new Executive Order yesterday, Executive Order 196, which restricts indoor and outdoor gathering limits.  Some of the limits and exemptions are detailed below;

Indoor Gatherings – Effective at 6:00am today, the number of persons allowed to lawfully gather at indoor locations has been set at 10 people with the following exemptions:

    • Religious Services, political activity, wedding ceremonies, funeral services and memorial services will remain at 25% capacity but not exceed 150 persons, whichever is less.
    • Legislative proceedings of the State, County, or Municipal governing bodies, inclusive of Local Boards of Education, as well as State and Local judicial proceedings are not subject to any gathering restrictions.

Sports Events

    • All Professional and Collegiate sporting events conducted indoors are subject to the indoor gathering limit of 10 persons, not inclusive of the players, coaches, referees and trainers necessary for the event to occur.  The maximum number of the exempted participants must adhere to the 25% capacity or 150 person limitation of the venue.
    • All other sport activities, practices and competitions must adhere to the indoor gathering limitations of 10 persons unless the number of persons necessary for the practice or competition being conducted exceeds that number.  In that instance, no person other than a participant, in the event, may be present and the maximum persons allowed for the event to occur must adhere to the 25% or 150 person rule.

Outdoor Gatherings – Effective at 6:00am on November 23rd, all outdoor gatherings will be limited to 150 persons with the following exemptions;

    • Religious Services, political activity, wedding ceremonies, funeral services or memorial services are not subject to any outdoor gathering limitations.
    • Outdoor Entertainment/Performance Centers, Outdoor Movies, Performing Arts/Concert Venues must limit patrons, in the outdoor portions of such venues, to a number that allows for at least 6 feet of social distancing but never greater than 150 persons.
    • Outdoor Professional/Collegiate sporting events are limited to 150 persons, not inclusive of the players, coaches, referees and trainers necessary for the competition.
    • All other outdoor sport practices and/or competitions are subject to the 150 persons limit inclusive of players, coaches, referees and trainers.

Please be careful as the holidays approach and be safe!!

Joseph Orlando
Chief of Police/Deputy OEM Coordinator
November 17, 2020

Notice to Residents: November 10, 2020 Update from the Chief of Police

Residents,

Please see the link below for details concerning Executive Order 194, issued today by the Governor, taking effect Thursday morning at 6:00am.  This Executive Order details the scale back of indoor dining and interstate sports competitions.

https://nj.gov/infobank/eo/056murphy/pdf/EO-194.pdf

Be Safe!!

Joseph Orlando
Chief of Police/Deputy OEM Coordinator
November 10, 2020

Notice to Residents: November 9, 2020 Update from the Chief of Police

Residents,

Please read this post in its entirety.

Today, the Governor announced further Covid-19 related restrictions.  The Executive Orders have not yet been received; however, I wanted to relay the information to everyone in anticipation of new restrictions.

Beginning Thursday, November 12, 2020, indoor dining, bars, clubs and lounges must cease all food and beverage service at 10:00pm.  Outdoor dining, take-out and delivery may continue past 10:00pm.  Furthermore, all bar seating will be prohibited as of November 12th, and restaurants may increase the number of indoor tables previously allocated to bar seating by moving tables closer than 6 feet with appropriate barriers.  Individual group outdoor heated dining tents will be authorized with sterilization requirements between each use.  Food and beverage service inside Casinos will also be prohibited after 10:00pm; however, their gaming tables may continue to operate beyond 10:00pm.

The NJ Department of Health will be releasing guidelines for these changes in the near future.  Once they are released, we will update everyone with the information.

The Governor also announced all interstate indoor youth sports will be prohibited from holding indoor competitions for the time being.  This prohibition will pertain to youth sports through High School sporting contests.  My interpretation of what the Governor stated was this prohibition only applies to competitions taking place indoors with teams from other states.  Therefore, I believe indoor sporting competitions will be allowed for all in state teams to participate in.  Once the Executive Order is released and the NJ Department of Health updates Youth Sports Guidelines, we will provide the information to all.

It was announced today that Pfizer has created a Covid-19 vaccine with 90% success rate.  The vaccine has not completed the trial phase and has not been authorized for expedited use by the Food and Drug Administration.  It is anticipated that the vaccine will receive the expedited authorization, however, in consultation with the Health Department it has been learned the vaccine will not be available to the general population if it is approved until mid-2021.  There is significant infrastructure that needs to be in place in order for the mass dissemination of the vaccine, to include freezers capable of maintaining -70 Degrees Fahrenheit, as well as a work force capable of dispensing and documenting the inoculation of the population.  In conversations with the Health Department and from what I heard in the Governor’s press conference today, the vaccine will be voluntary.

Lastly, I want to advise all members of the community how important it is to work with the local Health Department in their efforts to contact trace those infected among our community.  Failure to provide information regarding contacts of test positive patients puts others in community at risk.  According to the Morris County Department of Health website, Florham Park’s infections rose 6.3% from Friday to today.  Our community saw more infections in the month of October than it had in any month this year with the exception of April.  Please remember that while the infection appears to not adversely affect our younger population, failing to provide the Health Department with information of infection or contact with an infected person places more vulnerable members of our community at risk.  Please remember all we have done to get to this point in protecting our community and be responsible members of the same.  The Morris County Department of Health site can be found at the following link:

https://health.morriscountynj.gov/coronavirus/

Be safe!!

Joseph Orlando
Chief of Police/Deputy OEM Coordinator
November 9, 2020

Notice to Residents: November 2, 2020 Update from the Chief of Police

Residents,

I’m sure a lot of you are suffering from Pandemic (Covid) Fatigue, however I want to make sure everyone has the latest information.

The Governor signed Executive Order 191 on October 24, 2020 extending the public health emergency an additional 30 days.  All orders remain in effect for the duration of those 30 days unless rescinded.

The Governor signed Executive Order 192 on October 28, 2020, which mandates mask wear for those businesses allowing personnel to return to work where social distancing of at least 6 feet cannot be maintained.  This applies to all businesses including those deemed essential.  The Order becomes effective at 6:00am on Thursday, November 5th.  The Order, which can be viewed at the link below, contains several exemptions for frontline workers.

https://nj.gov/infobank/eo/056murphy/pdf/EO-192.pdf

On October 31, 2020 the Colonel of the State Police, who is the State Emergency Management Coordinator, issued Administrative Order 2020-22, which clarified several issues surrounding professional, high school and collegiate athletic indoor/outdoor activities.  The Order also discusses vending machine operations, tutoring centers, stroller/wheel chair rentals, salad bars and self-service drink dispensing machines.  Please see the Order in its entirety for details:

https://www.montvillenj.org/DocumentCenter/View/7152/AO_2020-22-Clarifying-Pro-and-College-Sports-Events_Indoor-Shopping-Malls_SelfServe-Food-at-RFE_Private-Tutoring-Facilities?bidId=

Lastly, please see the Borough’s website for voting information regarding tomorrow’s General Election.  There will only be one polling location open tomorrow at the Recreation Center.  Please see the link below for additional voting information.

https://www.fpboro.net/news_events/general-election-november-3/

Stay safe!!

Joseph Orlando
Chief of Police/Deputy OEM Coordinator
November 2, 2020

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Welcome

Message from the Chief:

 

Community Members, another school year is upon us and as such, school and traffic safety are of paramount concern to the Police Department.  In an effort to maximize the safety of the Borough’s schools, we have hired and will be placing SLEO III Officers at each of the three public schools.  Those officers will work in accordance with statutorily mandated hours requirements, therefore their scheduling and presence in the schools will fluctuate.  

Our two full time School Resource Officers (SRO’s) will remain within the schools to maintain a presence, teach DARE/Anti-Bullying related curriculum and to continue to nurture relationships with the community’s youth.  Our patrol officers will continue to randomly visit all of the Borough’s schools on a daily basis for an additional layer of security.  The Police Department’s administration will continue to maintain a close working relationship with the Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools and all of the Principals in an effort to provide the safest environment for our school system.

Parking and speeding are always issues in and around the schools.  We will have several officers patrolling and enforcing speed, parking and other traffic related violations within the school zones and residential areas that surround the same.  We ask that all residents, especially those who will be driving to the schools, to obey the posted speed limits and to park in designated spots only.

Have a safe school year!!

Joseph J. Orlando
Chief of Police
Florham Park Police Department