SOMERSET, NJ - Local government will be on the frontline in defending the public against COVID-19. Public officials discussed Franklin's plans during tonight's council meeting.

"We will get through this, I am not saying there won't be pain, and I am certainly not saying don't take it seriously, "Mayor, Phil Kramer said. "I am washing my hands, I am using Purell, I am taking precautions. Keep it in perspective, and we will get through this. Wash your hands, wash your hands, and stop touching your face."

On Monday, Murphy declared a health State of Emergency for New Jersey yesterday, becoming the ninth state in the country to position itself for federal funding to help combat the spread of COVID-19. Township Attorney, Louis N. Rainone, discussed how Murphy's declaration will impact municipalities. 

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"We in Franklin and most of the municipalities are trying to now comprehend what it is, exactly the authority the governor has given to us or has not given to us," Rainone said. "In some respects, we are working through public health emergency enactments that are based upon on statutes that are literally a century old."

Township Manager, Robert Vornlocker encouraged residents to visit the townships COVID-19 page: He also asked residents to try to do any of their business with the township via phone or mail to avoid unnecessary foot traffic at the municipal complex. 

The council also introduced Ordinance #4318-20, which would amend the township's quarantine and isolation standards. TAP here for details. 

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