BERNARDSVILLE, NJ -- Mayor Mary Jane Canose provided this update to the public about the coronavirus on the borough website on Sunday:

By working together, staying vigilant and making some changes to our daily habits and activities, we are confident that we can meet the challenge of COVID-19. The Office of Emergency Management, our first responders and the administration are all working closely with the Board of Health and officials at the federal, state, county and local levels to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation. Our first responders and health officials are prepared to handle any potential COVID-19 cases in accordance with CDC and state guidelines.

What's Being Done to Protect You

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Our main focus in controlling the spread of COVID-19 is social distancing. The less contact we have with others, the less likelihood there is that the virus will spread. To that end, the following steps have been taken:

Borough Hall will be closed to the public beginning Monday, March 16. There will be a drop box in the vestibule where residents can leave forms, payments, etc. To drop off an election petition or marriage license application, call Anthony Suriano, Borough Clerk, at 908-766-3000 x 115 to make arrangements.

There is an indefinite hold on rental housing inspections. Building inspections will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

The Somerset Hills School District is closed until April 14. Check the district's website for resources for distance learning, lunch, etc.

All Borough fields are closed to organized events for the next two weeks.

All Recreation classes are cancelled.

Borough Council meetings will be held remotely and information will be provided to allow for public participation.

The Bernardsville Library will be closed for regular service from March 16 through April 6. Please check their website for updates.

What Can You Do to Stay Healthy?

   The Health Department is encouraging all residents to take simple precautions to protect themselves and others from respiratory illness:
    Limit close contact with people who are sick. Stay home if you are sick.
    If you do go out, do your best to maintain a 6-foot radius away from other people.
    Self-quarantine for 14 days if you have traveled to countries with widespread outbreaks of COVID-19.
    Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
    Avoid handshakes. Try an elbow bump.
    Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
    Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as doorknobs, remotes, etc.
    Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve.

Stay Informed!
Here's where to go for the most accurate and up-to-date information:

New Jersey Department of Health https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/ncov.shtml

Centers for Disease Control https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Bernards Township Health Department https://www.bernardshealth.org

Borough of Bernardsville http://www.bernardsvilleboro.org/