LIVINGSTON, NJ — In response to the increasing threat of coronavirus COVID-19 within the community, the Township of Livingston has declared a local “State of Emergency” in order to allow Livingston’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to take the necessary measures to protect residents during the outbreak.

“As other towns in Essex County have done, a declaration of local emergency was signed today by OEM Coordinator/Fire Chief Mullin and the Township Manager,” said Mayor Rudy Fernandez. “It does not impose any additional requirements. The declaration does, however, allow the township latitude with purchasing requirements if needed and may affect eligibility for various FEMA, state and county resources.”

The official proclamation reiterates that confirmed cases of COVID- 19 reported within the Township of Livingston, in the State of New Jersey and in the greater New York Metropolitan New York could affect “the health, safety and welfare of the people of the Township of Livingston,” and that this local declaration will “authorize the township to bypass the normal purchasing procedures to secure the necessary contracts, provisions and supplies.”

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It also declares that “a public health emergency exists within the Township of Livingston” that has caused a need for certain protective measures to taken in order to “ensure that the authorities will be unhampered in their efforts to maintain public health and safety and law and order as well as an orderly flow of traffic and further in order to protect the persons and property of the residents affected by the conditions.”

The declaration of a State of Emergency in Livingston authorizes OEM staff to “enable, effectuate and enforce necessary restrictions, closures of public or private entities, cancellations or postponements of public events or other such measures” to protect township residents.

According to the township, the provisions of this declaration can be amended at any time by the issuance of an emergency directive.

The township also shared the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America: 15 Days to Slow the Spread (PDF), which was released from the White House earlier this week.

This program urges citizens to take specific measures to practice social distancing in order to slow the rate of COVID-19’s spread and decrease the risk to the most vulnerable members of the community.

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