February Updates

Mayor's Message 2/5

Good afternoon Millburn Township Residents, this is Mayor Tara Prupis. Today is Friday, February 5, 2021.

To keep each other safe, we will continue to update our residents on a weekly basis regarding the COVID-19 health crisis.

Essex County is reporting a total 60,783 residents that have tested positive for COVID-19. There are currently 606 residents of Millburn Township who have tested positive for COVID-19. The confirmed cases in Millburn are cumulative since the onset of the pandemic and residents are not removed from this count once they recover. This number represents an increase of 20 cases since January 29, 2021. Please note these numbers are as of yesterday; today's numbers were not published at the time of this message. Essex County updates its numbers daily, and can be found here: https://essexcountynj.org/covid-19-municipality.

Indoor Dining Capacity Limits

This week, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 219, which:

  • Expands indoor dining capacity to 35%
  • Lifts the statewide 10:00 p.m. restaurant indoor service limit and allows indoor entertainment, recreation areas (including casinos and gyms) and personal care businesses to operate at 35% capacity
  • Allows indoor performance venues and indoor gatherings that are religious ceremonies/services, wedding ceremonies, political activities, and memorial services/funerals to operate at 35% capacity with a maximum of 150 individuals

The prohibition on seating at indoor bar areas will remain in effect, as it creates the danger of close and prolonged proximity between patrons, bartenders, and servers.

The order goes into effect today. Public health protocols must be adhered to at all times. 

You may read the full EO here: Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Raising Indoor Capacity Limits from 25 Percent to 35 Percent for Certain Businesses (PDF)

NJ COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center

The State launched its COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center on January 25 to assist anyone who works, lives, or studies in New Jersey in pre-registering for the vaccine. Agents will also be available to assist eligible callers in scheduling appointments for the vaccine when they are made available to them. You may call the hotline at (855) 568-0545 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The website to pre-register for the vaccine is: https://covidvaccine.nj.gov. This site allows the general public to pre-register for eligibility. You will be required to submit your personal contact, health insurance and demographic information. The site will prompt individuals to schedule an appointment when they are eligible.

If you are eligible to receive a vaccine but have not yet been notified about available appointments in the NJ Vaccine Scheduling System, you may also attempt to make an appointment directly with many of the designated vaccination sites across the state. The full list of vaccine sites can be found here.

Essex County Vaccinations

Currently, Essex County is vaccinating people in phase 1A and 1B, including residents 65 and older and individuals aged 16 to 64 with certain medical conditions. Continue checking the County’s website at http://www.essexcovid.org where residents can sign up for testing and schedule vaccinations. Please check the website regularly, as appointments open up periodically. To speak to an operator, please contact our Essex County COVID Call Center at (973) 877-8456. The main location for Millburn Township residents is:

Livingston Mall – Sears Building

112 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston, NJ

The entrance is at the back of the building.

As vaccination sites are booking out throughout Essex County, some residents may be directed to visit an alternate site for their vaccination. They must visit that site for their scheduled vaccination. Residents making reservations to receive the vaccination will receive two appointments. It is critical that residents attend both appointments.

Residents will be asked to provide their medical insurance information and their insurance provider will be billed $16.94 for the first dose and $28.39 for the second dose. The vaccine will remain free for patients, while these costs will be passed on to the insurance carrier. While the vaccine is free, if you have insurance you will see it billed. If a resident does not have insurance, the cost of the vaccine will be covered by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provide Relief Fund. For more information about coverage please visit the following website:

https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/assistance-and-benefits/is-the-covid-19-vaccine-free-what-if-i-dont-have-insurance

COVID-19 Testing

Testing continues to be an important step in combating the spread of COVID-19. Essex County is offering free COVID testing at a variety of locations throughout the County. Please visit http://www.essexcovid.org for additional information. You must register to get tested.

Mayor’s Office Hours

For residents that would like to meet with me, my office hours at Town Hall are by appointment, Thursdays, 9 to 11 a.m. To schedule an appointment please contact me at tprupis@millburntwp.org. Please include how you would prefer meeting – via ZOOM, by phone or in person, and I will do my best to accommodate your request.

The next Township Committee meeting takes place this coming Tuesday, February 9 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting is open to the public in a limited capacity. Access the Zoom information here: https://twp.millburn.nj.us/townshipcommittee.

Snow Management

There is more snow in the forecast this weekend. During a winter weather event, DPW prioritizes snow removal on main roadways (excluding county roads and highways), public facilities and parking lots before plowing residential roadways. As routes are completed, trucks return to the first streets and plow again, continuing through the storm. See our Snow Storm Guidelines (PDF) for additional information on snow storm operations. Residents are reminded to please clear snow within 8 hours of daylight after a storm ends and all snow should be confined to your property behind the curbline.

Thank you and enjoy your weekend!

-Mayor Prupis

Mayor's Message 2/12

Good afternoon Millburn Township Residents, this is Mayor Tara Prupis. Today is Friday, February 12, 2021.

To keep each other safe, we will continue to update our residents on a weekly basis regarding the COVID-19 health crisis.

Essex County is reporting a total 63,036 residents that have tested positive for COVID-19. There are currently 631 residents of Millburn Township who have tested positive for COVID-19. The confirmed cases in Millburn are cumulative since the onset of the pandemic and residents are not removed from this count once they recover. This number represents an increase of 20 cases since February 5, 2021. Please note these numbers are as of yesterday; today's numbers were not published at the time of this message. Essex County updates its numbers daily, and can be found here: https://essexcountynj.org/covid-19-municipality.

NJ COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center

The State launched its COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center on January 25 to assist anyone who works, lives, or studies in New Jersey in pre-registering for the vaccine. Agents will also be available to assist eligible callers in scheduling appointments for the vaccine when they are made available to them. You may call the hotline at (855) 568-0545 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The website to pre-register for the vaccine is: https://covidvaccine.nj.gov. This site allows the general public to pre-register for eligibility. You will be required to submit your personal contact, health insurance and demographic information. The site will prompt individuals to schedule an appointment when they are eligible.

If you are eligible to receive a vaccine but have not yet been notified about available appointments in the NJ Vaccine Scheduling System, you may also attempt to make an appointment directly with many of the designated vaccination sites across the state. The full list of vaccine sites can be found here.

Essex County Vaccinations

Currently, Essex County is vaccinating people in phase 1A and 1B, including residents 65 and older and individuals aged 16 to 64 with certain medical conditions. Continue checking the County’s website at http://www.essexcovid.org where residents can sign up for testing and schedule vaccinations. Please check the website regularly, as appointments open up periodically. To speak to an operator, please contact our Essex County COVID Call Center at (973) 877-8456. The main location for Millburn Township residents is:

Livingston Mall – Sears Building

112 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston, NJ

The entrance is at the back of the building.

As vaccination sites are booking out throughout Essex County, some residents may be directed to visit an alternate site for their vaccination. They must visit that site for their scheduled vaccination. Residents making reservations to receive the vaccination will receive two appointments. It is critical that residents attend both appointments.

Residents will be asked to provide their medical insurance information and their insurance provider will be billed $16.94 for the first dose and $28.39 for the second dose. The vaccine will remain free for patients, while these costs will be passed on to the insurance carrier. While the vaccine is free, if you have insurance you will see it billed. If a resident does not have insurance, the cost of the vaccine will be covered by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provide Relief Fund. For more information about coverage please visit the following website:

https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/assistance-and-benefits/is-the-covid-19-vaccine-free-what-if-i-dont-have-insurance

CDC Quarantine Recommendations for Vaccinated Persons

The CDC has updated quarantine recommendations for vaccinated persons. Fully vaccinated persons who meet the following criteria will no longer be required to quarantine following an exposure to someone with COVID-19:

  • Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine)
  • Are within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series
  • Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure

It is still recommended that vaccinated persons continue to follow current guidance to protect themselves and others, including wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet away from others, avoiding crowds, avoiding poorly ventilated spaces, covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands often, and avoiding non-essential travel.

Fully vaccinated persons who do not quarantine should still watch for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following an exposure.

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/info-by-product/clinical-considerations.html

COVID-19 Testing

Testing continues to be an important step in combating the spread of COVID-19. Essex County is offering free COVID testing at a variety of locations throughout the County. Please visit http://www.essexcovid.org for additional information. You must register to get tested.

Indoor Dining Capacity Limits

Last week, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 219, which:

  • Expands indoor dining capacity to 35%
  • Lifts the statewide 10:00 p.m. restaurant indoor service limit and allows indoor entertainment, recreation areas (including casinos and gyms) and personal care businesses to operate at 35% capacity
  • Allows indoor performance venues and indoor gatherings that are religious ceremonies/services, wedding ceremonies, political activities, and memorial services/funerals to operate at 35% capacity with a maximum of 150 individuals

The prohibition on seating at indoor bar areas will remain in effect, as it creates the danger of close and prolonged proximity between patrons, bartenders, and servers.

The order went into effect Friday, February 5. Public health protocols must be adhered to at all times.

You may read the full EO here: Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Raising Indoor Capacity Limits from 25 Percent to 35 Percent for Certain Businesses (PDF)

Millburn Downtown Vision Plan Mini-Sessions

The Downtown Area Vision Plan Steering Committee is hosting a number of virtual mini-sessions to facilitate further engagement with residents, property owners and other stakeholders in town. Registration is required to participate and meetings are capped at 10 participants. Please visit twp.millburn.nj.us/minisessions for more information and to register for an upcoming session.

Mayor’s Office Hours

For residents that would like to meet with me, my office hours at Town Hall are by appointment, Thursdays, 9 to 11 a.m. To schedule an appointment please contact me at tprupis@millburntwp.org. Please include how you would prefer meeting – via ZOOM, by phone or in person, and I will do my best to accommodate your request.

The next Township Committee meeting takes place on Tuesday, February 23 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting is open to the public in a limited capacity. Access the Zoom information here: https://twp.millburn.nj.us/townshipcommittee.

Please remember to use caution walking, driving and cycling throughout the Township, especially as we have shorter daylight hours to contend with. Stay alert and slow down when driving. Pedestrians should wear reflective clothing, carry a flashlight or use their phone’s flashlight when walking in the evening hours. The safety of ourselves and our neighbors is paramount.

Thank you and enjoy your weekend!

-Mayor Prupis

Mayor's Message 2/19

Good afternoon Millburn Township Residents, this is Mayor Tara Prupis. Today is Friday, February 19, 2021.

To keep each other safe, we will continue to update our residents on a weekly basis regarding the COVID-19 health crisis.

Essex County is reporting a total 65,194 residents that have tested positive for COVID-19. The confirmed cases in Millburn are cumulative since the onset of the pandemic and residents are not removed from this count once they recover. This number represents an increase of 18 cases since February 12, 2021. The below chart outlines cumulative COVID-19 case and death totals in the Township of Millburn over the last week. 

DateMillburn Twp. CasesMillburn Twp. Deaths
2/19/216538
2/18/216508
2/17/216468
2/16/216448
2/15/216398
2/14/216388
2/13/216388
2/12/216358

Check our website for an expanded chart and additional details on local cases: twp.millburn.nj.us/localcases. Essex County numbers can be found here: https://essexcountynj.org/covid-19-municipality.

Limited Spectators Allowed at Youth Sporting Events

Last week, Governor Phil Murphy announced Executive Order No. 220 (PDF), which, with local municipal approval, enables indoor and outdoor youth sporting events to allow parents or guardians to attend practices or competitions.

The Millburn Rec Department has announced that spectators at Recreation basketball games will be allowed with restrictions at the High School Main gym games and at the Middle School upstairs gym games only. No spectators are allowed at games at the High School auxiliary gym, nor at the Middle School downstairs and new gyms due to social distancing space requirements. 

Parents of children who have games at the High School Main gym or games at the Middle School upstairs gym will receive communication directly from the Millburn Recreation Department with further details. 

Please note that one parent spectator per player will be allowed at the Millburn High School Main Gym games and only one of the two teams playing at the Middle School Upper Gym will be allowed one parent spectator per player. This is due to space limitations in the gym.

Links to the Governor’s press releases and Executive Orders related to COVID-19 can be found on the Millburn Township website under our Coronavirus News hub here: twp.millburn.nj.us/governorsupdates 

Millburn Schools Offering Weekly COVID-19 Testing to Staff, Students & Families

The Millburn School District announced this week that it will provide fully-funded (no out-of-pocket costs), optional, asymptomatic COVID-19-PCR testing for Millburn Schools staff, students and families, beginning Tuesday, February 23. This new surveillance testing option provides an additional layer of protection for our school community. Mark your calendars now for weekly surveillance testing! 

For more information, please visit the Millburn Township Public Schools website and check your inboxes for any communications directly from Millburn Schools. 

NJ COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center Updates

The State operates a COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center to assist anyone who works, lives, or studies in New Jersey in pre-registering and scheduling appointments for the vaccine. Please note that as of February 9, the Call Center's ability to schedule appointments has been temporarily paused to streamline the system and ensure the needs of callers are met. If you or someone you know needs assistance in pre-registering for the vaccine only, you may call the hotline at (855) 568-0545, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. When the call center is again able to assist with scheduling appointments, we will share that information with residents. 

The website for the general public to pre-register for the vaccine is: https://covidvaccine.nj.gov. You will be required to submit your personal contact, health insurance and demographic information. The site will then prompt individuals to schedule an appointment if they are eligible. If you are eligible but have not been notified about available appointments in the NJ Vaccine Scheduling System, you may attempt to make an appointment directly with many of the designated vaccination sites across the state. The full list of vaccine sites can be found here.

Essex County Vaccinations Update

Essex County has announced that appointments for first vaccination doses scheduled for this Saturday, February 20 are canceled because Essex County has not received its shipment of vaccines from the Federal government. If you had an appointment for your first dose scheduled for tomorrow, your appointment will be rescheduled to a date between February 22 and 28. You will not have to re-register. The County will reach out directly with specifics once the vaccine supply is received. Any questions may be direct to EssexCOVID19@admin.essexcountynj.org 

Essex County is still vaccinating people in phases 1A and 1B, including residents 65 and older and individuals aged 16 to 64 with certain medical conditions. Residents can sign up for testing and schedule vaccinations through the County online at  http://www.essexcovid.org. Please check the website regularly, as appointments open up periodically.  

Visit twp.millburn.nj.us/vaccineinfo for more information on vaccinations.

CDC Quarantine Recommendations for Vaccinated Persons

The CDC has updated quarantine recommendations for vaccinated persons. Fully vaccinated persons who meet the following criteria will no longer be required to quarantine following an exposure to someone with COVID-19:

  • Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine)
  • Are within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series
  • Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure

It is still recommended that vaccinated persons continue to follow current guidance to protect themselves and others, including wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet away from others, avoiding crowds, avoiding poorly ventilated spaces, covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands often, and avoiding non-essential travel.

Fully vaccinated persons who do not quarantine should still watch for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following an exposure.

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/info-by-product/clinical-considerations.html

Mayor’s Office Hours

For residents that would like to meet with me, my office hours at Town Hall are by appointment, Thursdays, 9 to 11 a.m. To schedule an appointment please contact me at tprupis@millburntwp.org. Please include how you would prefer meeting – via ZOOM, by phone or in person, and I will do my best to accommodate your request.

Township Committee Meeting

The next Township Committee meeting takes place this coming Tuesday, February 23 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting is open to the public in a limited capacity. Access the Zoom information here: https://twp.millburn.nj.us/townshipcommittee.

Snow Management

Residents are reminded to please clear snow from sidewalks, public pathways and road access points, and gutters in front of your property within 8 hours of daylight after the storm ends. 

Millburn DPW is working around the clock to clear our roadways and public parking lots of snow. During winter weather events, DPW prioritizes snow removal on main roadways, public facilities and parking lots before plowing residential roadways. As routes are completed, trucks return to the first streets and plow again, continuing through the storm. Check our Snow Storm Guidelines (PDF) for information on snow storm operations. We encourage residents to submit any concerns through the Township’s SDL Open Data Portal.

Please remember to use caution walking, driving and cycling throughout the Township, especially as we have shorter daylight hours to contend with. Stay alert and slow down when driving! Pedestrians should wear reflective clothing, carry a flashlight or use their phone’s flashlight when walking in the evening hours. The safety of ourselves and our neighbors is paramount. 

Millburn Recreation is operating a temporary ice skating rink in Taylor Park for residents to enjoy while adhering to social distancing protocols. If conditions allow, ice skating is also permitted at the Taylor Park Pond. Visit twp.millburn.nj.us/icerink for scheduling information and a link to check current ice conditions!

Copies of prior Mayor’s Messages can be found on the Millburn Township website under our Coronavirus News hub at: twp.millburn.nj.us/mayorsmessage. 

Thank you and enjoy your weekend!

-Mayor Prupis

Mayor's Message 2/26

To keep each other safe, we will continue to update our residents on a weekly basis regarding the COVID-19 health crisis.

As of Sunday, February 21, Essex County is reporting it has administered a total of 86,052 COVID-19 vaccines, including 60,646 first doses and 25,406 second doses. 4,524 of the total doses have been administered to Millburn residents, of which 3,354 are first doses and 1,170 are second doses.

Essex County is reporting a total 66,842 residents that have tested positive for COVID-19. The confirmed cases in Millburn are cumulative since the onset of the pandemic and residents are not removed from this count once they recover. This number represents an increase of 15 cases since February 19, 2021. The below chart outlines cumulative COVID-19 case and death totals in the Township of Millburn over the last week.

DateMillburn Twp. CasesMillburn Twp. Deaths
2/26/216688
2/25/216658
2/24/216608
2/23/216598
2/22/216578
2/21/216568
2/20/216558
2/19/216538

Check our website for an expanded chart and additional details on local cases: twp.millburn.nj.us/localcases.

Gov. Murphy Increases Capacity Limits for Religious Services

Earlier this week, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 225, which increases capacity limits for religious services with certain requirements:

  • Religious services and celebrations, including wedding ceremonies, funerals, and memorial services that involve a religious service, will be able to operate at 50% capacity of the room in which they are held, with no cap on the number of individuals permitted to attend.  Services were previously limited to 35% of the room, up to 150 individuals.  
  • Individuals attending services will still be required to wear masks and sit six feet apart from those outside of their household group.

The order also increases capacity limits for large sports and entertainment venues, and allows limited spectators at collegiate sporting events.

Millburn Schools Offering Weekly COVID-19 Testing to Staff, Students & Families

This week, the Millburn School District opened its fully-funded (no out-of-pocket costs), optional, asymptomatic COVID-19-PCR testing program to Millburn Schools staff, students and families. This new surveillance testing option provides an additional layer of protection for our school community. Mark your calendars now for weekly surveillance testing! 

For more information, please visit the Millburn Township Public Schools website and check your inboxes for any communications directly from Millburn Schools. 

NJ COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center Updates

The State operates a COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center to assist anyone who works, lives, or studies in New Jersey in pre-registering and scheduling appointments for the vaccine. Please note that as of February 9, the Call Center's ability to schedule appointments has been temporarily paused to streamline the system and ensure the needs of callers are met. If you or someone you know needs assistance in pre-registering for the vaccine only, you may call the hotline at (855) 568-0545, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. When the call center is again able to assist with scheduling appointments, we will share that information with residents.

The website for the general public to pre-register for the vaccine is: https://covidvaccine.nj.gov. You will be required to submit your personal contact, health insurance and demographic information. The site will then prompt individuals to schedule an appointment if they are eligible. If you are eligible but have not been notified about available appointments in the NJ Vaccine Scheduling System, you may attempt to make an appointment directly with many of the designated vaccination sites across the state. The full list of vaccine sites can be found here.

Essex County Vaccinations Update

Essex County continues vaccinating people in phases 1A and 1B, including residents 65 and older and individuals aged 16 to 64 with certain medical conditions. Residents can sign up for testing and schedule vaccinations through the County online at  http://www.essexcovid.org. Please check the website regularly, as appointments open up periodically.  

Visit twp.millburn.nj.us/vaccineinfo for more information on vaccinations.

CDC Quarantine Recommendations for Vaccinated Persons

To see the most updated CDC quarantine recommendations click here: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/info-by-product/clinical-considerations.html

Mayor’s Office Hours

For residents that would like to meet with me, my office hours at Town Hall are by appointment, Thursdays, 9 to 11 a.m. To schedule an appointment please contact me at tprupis@millburntwp.org. Please include how you would prefer meeting – via ZOOM, by phone or in person, and I will do my best to accommodate your request.

Township Committee Meeting 

The next Township Committee meeting takes place on Tuesday, March 9 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting is open to the public in a limited capacity. Access the Zoom information here: https://twp.millburn.nj.us/townshipcommittee.

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The Township is undertaking a Vision Plan to revitalize and re-envision the Downtown Business district. In an abundance of caution, we are hosting events and meetings related to the plan virtually. Residents are invited to join our upcoming public workshop on the plan on Tuesday, March 2 at 7:00 p.m. Registration is required to attend – please click here to register. Additional information can be found at https://twp.millburn.nj.us/visionplan.

Thank you and enjoy your weekend!

-Mayor Prupis