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Posted on: November 9, 2020

Important Information Regarding COVID-19


If you are exhibiting symptoms, please call your primary care physician first before going anywhere and follow the physician’s advice.

If you suspect you have COVID-19 symptoms, there is an online self-assessment tool, developed by the State of New Jersey, that will help you determine whether or not you should be tested. You can access that 


Hello and here is the November 9, 2020 update of COVID-19. 


The State of New Jersey announced a total of 256,653 cases.


There are 792 open cases in Elizabeth. There have been no new deaths to report, leaving the total at 426. 7991 cases have been closed, which means there were 462 new cases to report from the weekend.


The Governor announced today that beginning Thursday, November 12th, bars and restaurants will need to close all indoor service by 10 p.m. 

 All bar side seating will be prohibited at all hours. Bars and restaurants, however, will be able to seat groups of people at tables closer than six feet together if separated by plexiglass barriers and they can set up outdoor igloos for individual groups as colder weather approaches. 


In addition, the City of Elizabeth is drafting an Executive Order to close all bars and restaurants including outdoor dining at 10:00 p.m., also effective Thursday. 


I will not continue to debate which restaurant counts as outdoor dining or which is just indoor, we will be closing all establishments by 10pm, across the board. 

 These numbers are not going lower and we MUST continue to follow social distancing rules, wash our hands frequently and wear a mask or face covering while we are out if we want to combat this virus. 


If you have any questions, please reach us here or call Public Information at 908-820-4124.




Hola y aquí está la actualización de hoy de COVID-19.


El estado de Nueva Jersey anunció un total de 256,653 casos.


Hay 792 casos abiertos en Elizabeth. No ha habido nuevas muertes para informar, dejando el total en 426. Se han cerrado 7991 casos, lo que significa que hubo 462 nuevos casos para informar del fin de semana.


El gobernador anunció hoy que a partir del jueves 12 de noviembre, los bares y restaurantes deberán cerrar todos los servicios interiores a las 10 p.m.


Todos los asientos al lado del bar estarán prohibidos a cualquier hora. Los bares y restaurantes, sin embargo, podrán sentar a grupos de personas en mesas a menos de seis pies de distancia, siempre que estén separados por barreras de plexiglás y puedan instalar iglús al aire libre para grupos individuales a medida que se acerque el clima más frío.


Además, la Ciudad de Elizabeth está redactando una Orden Ejecutiva para cerrar todos los bares y restaurantes, incluido el comedor al aire libre a las 10:00 p.m., también a partir del jueves.


No continuaré debatiendo qué restaurante cuenta como comedor al aire libre o cuál es solo interior, cerraremos todos los establecimientos a las 10 pm, en todos los ámbitos.


Estos números no van a bajar y DEBEMOS continuar siguiendo las reglas de distanciamiento social, lavarnos las manos con frecuencia y usar una máscara o cubrirse la cara mientras estamos fuera si queremos combatir este virus.


Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con nosotros aquí o llame a Información Pública al 908-820-4124.


Important Information for Filing Unemployment:

Department of Labor website:

Unemployment information for self-employed individuals:


Schedule for claiming/certifying for benefits:

Paid Leave and Job Protections:


Families First Coronavirus Response Act:

NJDOL and the Coronavirus (COVID-19): What Employers & Businesses Should Know:


By now, every residence should have received the US Census mail containing a unique code. Use this code to quickly fill out the 2020 Census online or by phone.

By doing it this way, you will reduce the need for Census employees to go door to door this Spring.

Remember, this count is very important to our community, so include everyone in your household: all children, grandparents, friends, tenants, everyone living with you needs to be counted.

Today is known across the country as #TakeoutTuesday.

We are encouraging residents to order delivery or pick-up at one our local Elizabeth restaurants for at least one meal today to support our local businesses during this corona virus crisis.

This link shows all of the Executive Orders issued by Governor Murphy regarding COVID-19. 


The State is offering guidance to all businesses being impacted by COVID-19. Please refer to the following link:

Treasury and IRS to delay tax payment deadline by 90 days. Visit this site for more information: 



If you are in need of a home delivered meal and reside in Union County, you may be eligible ONLY if you meet ALL of the following criteria:
• 60 years or older
• Live alone
• Unable to shop or prepare a meal for yourself
Please call Meals on Wheels at 908-486-5100. You must provide your name, address, phone number and date of birth in order to process your request.


Snap Food Stamps, Cash Assistance and Work Requirements

To apply for SNAP food assistance, or cash assistance under the Work First New Jersey program, Union County residents may do so online at An office visit is not required, as the Union County Division of Social Services will have staff is available to conduct interviews by phone.

Work First New Jersey cash assistance clients who are due for their case to be reviewed in March or April will receive a 60-day extension. The extension is automatic and does not require an office visit.

SNAP food assistance or Work First New Jersey cash assistance clients are excused from their work activity requirement without penalty. This includes people who are applying for Work First New Jersey General Assistance and who are in a work activity for 28 days while their application is being reviewed. Please note that voluntary participation in a work activity is allowed, if the activity is conducted in accordance with social distancing guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Clients are encouraged to mail or fax any needed paperwork to the Division of Social Services offices. For those dropping off papers by hand, use the drop boxes located in the front lobbies of the Social Services offices at 342 Westminster Avenue in Elizabeth or 200 West Second Street in Plainfield.


Due to an increased number of calls, the State Department of Health has opened a second number for COVID-19 general questions. The number is 1-800-962-1253. In addition, people looking for emotional support can call 1-877-294-4357.

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