Updated 06-29-20: COVID-19 Information


2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

(Updated- June 29, 2020)

Residents with questions or concerns about COVID-19 and resources available to them can call 2-1-1. NJ 211 is New Jersey’s statewide, comprehensive, information and referral service operated by United Ways of New Jersey. 2-1-1 is available from 7am-11pm daily

Residents with medical questions about COVID-19 can call 1-800-962-1253 (24/7)

Residents can also text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive text information and stay informed. To receive live text assistance, residents can text their zip code to 898-211.

As of March 21st New Jersey has a new website for COVID-19 Information. 

Morris County has taken over tracking cases per town within the County. Visit their website for information on the testing center at Morris County College and on the number of Morris County cases of COVID-19.

2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Symptoms:

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

How Does Novel Coronavirus Spread?

Exposure to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) can occur in the following ways:

  • Via the air by coughing and sneezing
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes
  • In rare cases, exposure to fecal matter of an infected individual

Public Health Recommendations:

  • Follow good respiratory hygiene recommendations.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve, not your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Stay home if you are sick and avoid sick people.
  • Practice social distancing
  • The CDC now recommends that people wear face masks when in public. It is also now required in NJ when shopping. Don’t have a mask of your own? They’re simple to make with items found in your own home. Read a tutorial by the CDC here

Current List of Closures, Restrictions, and Changes

  • Effective March 17th Borough Hall will be closed to public access. We will remain staffed and will provide services via phone, email, postal mail, the Borough’s website, and by utilizing our drop box located in the vestibule on West Central Ave. For information on contactless business options and a packet of information on Town Hall services you can still use during this closure click here
  • The Wharton Library is closed to the public but is opening for curbside pick up starting on June 17th. For more info click here.
  • The Police Records Department is open but is asking anyone with requests to make them via phone 973-366-5893 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All responses will be faxed or emailed if possible. You can also make non emergency police reports online here.
  • The Wharton Court in Mt. Arlington will be closed to walk ins and will only be available via phone. With the use of technology, certain cases may be able to be heard and adjudicated remotely. Contact the court for more information.
  •  Wharton's local parks are open for passive recreation at this time to Wharton residents only. The Morris Canal, Hugh Force park and our new trail system are all open. As of May 27th the tennis courts at Robert Street Park are reopened. Please be smart and maintain proper social distancing measures. Playgrounds are permitted to reopen on July 2nd.
  • Wharton has been holding our regularly scheduled Mayor and Council, Planning Board, Board of Health, and Library Board meetings virtually through Zoom. They are still open to the public and the public is invited to participate. Login information for each meeting will be shared in a separate post as well as on our social media accounts.
  • Many town events have had to be cancelled. We are looking into postponing as many as we can and will publish new dates for things as we have them.
  • Summer Recreation will be taking place from July 6th- August 13th. For more information click here
  • Yard Sales are permitted with the proper permit provided they follow guidelines for outdoor gatherings.

Morris County

  • Effective March 19th Morris County has ordered closed any indoor public or private recreational bathing facilities, indoor recreational facilities (such as trampoline parks, miniature golf, batting cages, racquetball/tennis centers, and ice rinks)
  • Playgrounds and all playing fields within Morris County are closed.
  • Effective March 20th, all adult day health service facilities are closed.

Reopenings in Morris County

  • Effective May 2nd many Morris County Parks are reopening with strict social distancing guidelines. For a list of open facilities and rules click here.

Statewide- For more information on any State Regulations click here.To report a violation of Executive Order 107 click here.

  • All casinos, concert venues, nightclubs, racetracks, gyms, fitness centers and classes, movie theaters, and performing arts centers will be closed to the public beginning on Monday, March 16th at 8:00 p.m. Effective July 2nd Casinos may reopen at 25% capacity.
  • Many grocery stores have restricted hours and many have set aside specific times for older adults only to shop. Check with your store for their hours prior to heading out. Masks are now required when shopping at stores.
  • Governor Murphy has postponed the Primary Election until July 7, 2020. For more information click here. On May 15th Governor Murphy announced that it will be a primarily vote by mail election with limited in person polling places in each County. For more information click here.
  • The NJMVC has extended the expiration dates for Driver's Licenses, Non- Driver IDs, Registrations, and Inspection Stickers. Those expiring between March 13 and May 31 have been extended to July 31, those expiring June 30 have been extended to August 31, and those expiring July 31 have been extended to September 30. They have also expanded what you are able to do online. For more information click here.
  • The deadline for filing New Jersey individual income taxes and corporate business taxes has been moved from Apirl 15th to July 15th. 

Reopenings Statewide

  • Effective sunrise on May 2nd all State parks, trails and forests will reopen for passive recreation. For more information click here. Golf Courses may also reopen.
  • Effective 6 a.m. May 18th, non-essential retail businesses can reopen for curbside pick up only. Businesses who choose to offer curbside pickup must abide by the requirements in the Governor's Executive Order which you can find here.
  • Effective 6 a.m. May 18th, non-essential construction may resume. All construction projects must abide by the social distancing, safety, and sanitization requirements that are described in detail in the Governor’s Executive Order, which you can find here.
  • Effective May 13th car gatherings do not violate the Governor’s ban on gatherings under Executive Order No. 107.  Examples of such car gatherings include but are not limited to drive-in movies, religious services, or drive-through farms or safaris. Car gatherings will be subject to the restrictions in the Governor’s Executive Order, which you can find here.
  • Effetive May 17th Charter Fishing and Watercraft Rental Companies may reopen following the guidelines in Executive Order No. 146
  • Effective May 20th car dealerships, motorcycle dealerships, boat dealerships, and bicycle shops can reopen in accordance with the requirements set forth in Administrative Order 2020-13.
  • Effective May 22nd beaches, boardwalks, lakes, and lakeshores may reopen with social distancing measures in place as outlined in the Governor's Executive Order, which you can find here.
  • Effective May 22nd certain outdoor activities at recreational businesses, including archery ranges, batting cages, golf driving ranges, horseback riding, shooting ranges, and tennis clubs as well as community gardens can reopen with required social distancing measures in place. 
  • Effective May 22nd public and private campgrounds may reopen.
  • Effective May 26th elective surgical and other invasive procedures will be permitted again.
  • Effective June 10th outdoor recreational and entertainment businesses are permitted to reopen immediately, with the exception of amusement parks, water parks, and arcades.  These recreational and entertainment businesses are required to abide by a number of social distancing protocols that are specified in the Order.  Any type of event at an outdoor recreational or entertainment business that involves individuals there at a specific time for a common reason, such as a movie or concert, are subject to the restrictions on outdoor gatherings. 
  • Effective June 15th child care centers may reopen provided that they comply with the COVID-19 Child Care Standards and other applicable statutes, regulations, and Executive Orders. For more information on child care click here.
  • Effective June 15th restaurants may have outdoor dining with adherence to safeguarding and modification guidelines. 
  • Effective June 15th non-essential indoor retail stores may reopen with adherence to safeguarding and modification guidelines. Indoor malls may reopen on June 29th with adherence to safeguarding and modification guidelines.
  • Effective June 15th libraries are permitted to reopen for curbside pick up only.
  • The MVC is planning to start reopening in stages starting on June 15th. For more information click here.
  • Effective June 22nd personal care shops such as hair salons, barber shops, cosmetology shops, day & medical spas, electrology facilities, hair braiding shops, massage parlors, nail salons, tanning salons, and tattoo parlors may reopen with adherence to safeguarding and modification guidelines.
  • Effective June 22nd sporting activities, including organized sporting activities, are permitted in outdoor settings only, provided that they do not involve person-to-person contact or routinely entail individuals interacting within six feet of one another.  Any sporting activities that involve person-to-person contact or individuals routinely interacting in close proximity (within six feet of one another) will remain prohibited in any setting. High school sporting activities under the jurisdiction of the NJSIAA may resume in accordance with reopening protocols issued by NJSIAA, which shall consider DOH guidance in issuing these protocols. However, these high school sporting activities cannot resume any earlier than June 30, 2020.
  • Effective June 22nd, municipal and private club swimming pools may reopen with adherence to guidelines from the Health Department.
  • Effective June 22nd limits on indoor and outdoor gatherings have been increased. For more information click here.
  • Effective June 22nd camping will be permitted at State Parks and Forests. For more information click here.
  • Effective July 1st limited in-person instruction at institutions of higher education and trade and training schools may resume. For more information click here.
  • Effective July 2nd casinos may reopen at 25% capacity.
  • Effective July 2nd outdoor amusement and water parks may reopen at 50% capacity.
  • Effective July 2nd playgrounds may reopen.
  • Effective July 2nd museums, aquariums, indoor recreation facilities including indoor bowling alleys, batting cages, shooting ranges, and the arcades along the boardwalks, and libraries may reopen at 25% capacity.
  • Effective July 6th youth summer day camps shall be permitted to operate provided that they comply with the COVID-19 Child Care and Youth Summer Camp Standards and other applicable statutes, regulations, and Executive Orders.

Strategic Restart Plan

Resources for Businesses:

  • New Jersey has put together a website to offer guidance for businesses impacted by COVID-19. Click here to visit it for the most up to date information on resources available for New Jersey Businesses.
  • On March 26th The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) Board approved a suite of new programs designed to support businesses and workers facing economic hardship due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. Some of these programs are now closed, to see which programs your business may currently be eligible for visit the NJ COVID-19 Business Support Eligibility Wizard
  • You can also visit the US Small Business Administration for resources for business owners. For more information click here.
  • For information on COVID-19 for businesses from the NJ Dept. of Health click here.
  • For quick guidance for bars and restaurants from the NJ Dept. of Health click here.
  • For quick guidance for retail businesses from the NJ Dept. of Health click here.
  • ServeSafe is offering free courses for restaurant owners on COVID-19 precautions for take out, delivery, and re-opening. To view them click here.

Resources for Employees:

  • New Jersey Department of Labor has put together information for employees impacted by COVID-19. Click here to visit their website.
  • The State of NJ has set up a website for information for those who may have lost their job due to COVID-19. Click here to visit it.
  • If your work has been affected by COVID-19, you likely qualify for Unemployment Insurance benefits. Eligibility has been expanded, compensation has been increased by $600 per week, and benefits are available for an additional 13 weeks. Learn more here.
  • The recently enacted CARES ACT extends unemployment benefits to freelancers, gig workers and independent contractors, who typically are not eligible. Learn more here.
  • The NJ Dept. of Labor has created a new web portal to contact them via email directly for those who have questions about their applications. To submit a message click here and follow these steps: 1. on the top navigation, scroll to the right for “Need Help” and unveil the drop down menu 2. Choose Send an Email 3. Choose Email: Submit a message through our new online form 4. Follow the prompts
  • The State of NJ has set up a jobs portal for those looking for work. Click here to visit it.
  • The State of NJ is looking for both volunteer and paid contact tracers. Click here to find out more and sign up.

NJDOL Benefits Chart

Other Resources:

  • The Borough of Wharton will not be doing any water shut offs for non-payment during the state of emergency.
  • The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) has announced that the state's public gas and electric utilities have universally agreed to suspend service shutoffs statewide in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • For assistance programs from NJ Natural Gas click here.
  • For assistance programs from JCP&L click here.
  • Governor Murphy has issued an executive order prohibiting Internet and phone services from being shut off until 30 days after our current public health emergency has ended.
  • During the public health emergency, individuals cannot be removed as the result of an eviction or foreclosure proceeding. Learn more here.
  • On April 24th Governor Murphy issued Executive Order 128 which allows renters to instruct their landlords to use their security deposits to offset rent or back rent during the State of Emergency and up to 60 days after. For more information click here.
  • For information on housing and rental assistance and mortgage relief click here.
  • To see if you are eligible for food assistance, cash assistance, and health insurance through the State of NJ click here.
  • Emergency assistance for ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) households and those in poverty in response to the COVID-19 pandemic is available through the United Way of Northern New Jersey. For more information click here.
  • There are mental health resources available for anyone struggling with the stress of the current crisis. NJ Mental Health Cares is available 8am-8pm 7 days a week at 866-202-HELP (4357). The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Helpline provides 24/7 crisis counseling and support at 800-985-5990. Saint Clare's Behavioral Health also has resources available at 1-888-626-2111. Those who may be having suicidal thoughts should call 1-855-NJ-HOPELINE (855-654-6735). For more resources click here.
  • CARES Recovery-Prevention is Key is holding virtual meetings for those struggling with addiction and other issues. For more information click here.
  • Help is available for survivors of domestic violence. Learn more here.
  • Help is available for veterans and their families to cope with the stress of the coronavirus outbreak. Learn more here.
  • Resources are available for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Learn more here.
  • If you are a Wharton senior or disabled and need assistance getting food or medicine, we have volunteers who are willing to get these items for you.  Please call Town Hall and we will connect you with a volunteer.
  • There are many people spreading false information and attempting various scams, please be careful and for more information click here.

For more information:

Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html

Visit the New Jersey Department of Health website at https://www.state.nj.us/health/cd/topics/ncov.shtml

Wharton Borough contracts with the Township of Mount Olive Health Department. For more information from them click here.

Follow us on social media for more updates. You can find our facebook here and our twitter here

We have put together a packet of information for Senior Citizens who may not have internet access and have provided paper copies to the Senior Building. If you know a Wharton Senior who does not live in the Senior Building and does not have internet access, you can download a copy for them here or contact us at 973-361-8444 and we will mail them one.


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