MILLBURN, NJ — In a Monday afternoon email, Mayor Jackie Lieberberg updated residents on the number of coronavirus cases in town, while announcing information residents need to know during the pandemic.

As of Monday's update, there were currently 70 cases of COVID-19 in Millburn Township.  Essex County is reporting 4,467 cases throughout the county. 

Lieberberg noted in her email that township parks are open for passive recreation only, and that social distancing is required.  If residents can not abide by social distancing rules, she noted the town will be forced to enforce closure of the parks.

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Additionally, Lieberberg and the Office of Emergency co-singed off on an emergency directive that temporarily bans use of short-term rentals throughout the rest of the public health crisis. One of the few exemptions is healthcare workers taking temporary residence. The full emergency declaration will be available on the township’s website.

With the large volume of pedestrians using Township roadways, please be sure to walk against traffic.  This ensures you as a pedestrian are seen and can be seen.  Bicyclists should obey the rules of vehicular traffic.

Remember to lock your doors.  It is unfortunate but those looking to commit crimes also do not abide by Stay at Home Orders.  Please remove valuables from your car, remove your key fobs and lock your doors.  We are seeing an uptick in car thefts and attempted car thefts and your vigilance is necessary.   

Lieberberg also finished her email by reminding residents of traffic safety and home safety tips, as well as a section about the incredible work she has seen from township residents.

"We have done an amazing job as a community," Lieberberg said. "We have mobilized efforts to donate both time and money.  We have shown our capacity for creativity and drive to make masks, caps and face shields and other important equipment for our front line workers. 

"Most of all, we have shown our capacity for compassion, empathy and community spirit toward our fellow residents. The week ahead is predicted to be a tough one, but we as community, as Millburn/Short Hills, will not be undone.  Our efforts will continue and our spirit will persevere."