MONTCLAIR, NJ - In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Montclair Township has declared a state of emergency, officials announced on Sunday. 

Officials stated that the declaration was in effort to issue and enforce such orders to protect the health, safety, and resources of the residents of the Township of Montclair. The order includes prohibiting gatherings of 250 people or more, no restaurant or bar is allowed to serve food or alcohol after 10pm and customers must vacate.

Also announced on Sunday, all Township parks, playgrounds and recreation facilities will be closed through March 31. Many residents have taken to local parks to enjoy the nice days, however, officials are concerned that social distancing is not being practiced.

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According to a release, officials have stated that given the essential need for social distancing is not being followed in our parks and other recreational facilities, the township is putting in place the following restrictions to ensure the health and safety of our residents.

Effective Sunday, all Township parks and playgrounds are closed through March 31; all Township fields, whether artificial turf or grass, are closed through March 31; all Township sports and recreation courts and facilities, including but not limited to basketball courts, tennis courts, skateboard parks and walking paths are closed through March 31; all school and Board of Education sports and recreation facilities including but not limited to basketball courts, tennis courts, skateboard parks, fields, walking paths, and playgrounds are closed through March 31.

The Montclair Police Department have been asked to monitor and enforce the aforementioned provisions set forth by the township.

"First, I want to commend our Township staff for its tireless efforts to protect the health and safety our Township," said Montclair Mayor Robert Jackson.

"I also want to thank our residents who have largely embraced the behavioral guidelines of our national, state, county, and local health authorities."

As a courtesy, a free 15-minute parking grace-period will be allowed at all Montclair parking meters to allow for quick errands and order pick-up.

"Yet, as we struggle with this pandemic, very difficult, life-altering decisions have to be made for two reasons: to restrict behavior that will increase spread and to heighten awareness of the risk severity and, therefore, increase self-policing," he added. 

"After careful consideration, I agree with our Office of Emergency Management and Department of Health that these actions are necessary at this time. We will continue to monitor developments and will adjust our actions accordingly," concluded Mayor Jackson.

Message from Montclair Township is below:

Subsequent to the emergency declaration, Montclair OEM issued the following necessary measures to be effective Monday, March 16

  1. Gatherings of 250 or more individuals are prohibited in the Township of Montclair.
  2. No restaurant or bar in the Township of Montclair shall serve food or alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises on all days between the hours of 10:00 P.M. and 5:00 A.M. Nothing in this order shall prohibit take-out, to-go or delivery service as otherwise permitted by law. Customers must vacate the premises no later than 10:00 P.M.
  3. This order shall be in effect until and through March 31, 2020, unless extended.

The Township greatly urges everyone to follow all guidelines provided by our federal and state agencies:

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • NJ Department of Health (NJDOH)

If you have general questions about COVID-19 please call the NJ Department of health NJ COVID-19 & Poison Center Public Hotline at 1-800-222-1222 or 1-800-962-1253 if using an out-of-state phone line. Trained professionals are standing by to answer your call 24/7 or visit nj.gov/health.

NOTE: Hotline is not to locate testing, to get test results, or for medical advice.