The coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak is an unprecedented global event resulting in countless issues for municipal, county and state government.
Please be advised the City of Ventnor is doing everything within its power to keep essential operations performing, while at the same time keeping our employees safe and responsive to our residents.
We are following the directives provided by the Federal and State governments, the recommendations and insight of county government, and the guidance provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
In addition, our Office of Emergency Management is in continual contact with the County OEM and other down beach OEM offices.
We are also actively monitoring what other municipalities are doing and implementing what seems to be best practices under the circumstances.
We are also proud to have some of the best dedicated employees working for us.
Essential employees will continue to work. This includes Police, Fire, Public Works, Water & Sewer, and certain Finance personnel. We are fortunate to have experienced leads in these roles, who we have the utmost confidence in.
In an effort to reduce the chance of transmission of COVID-19 virus, we have done the following:
NJ Poison Control and 211 have partnered with the State to provide info to the public. You can call 211 or 1 800 962 1253 or go to nj.gov Department of Health.
As we have heard over and over again social distancing is key to overcoming this virus.
As I am writing this message to you, our Governor made an announcement, which I can update you on here. He issued an executive order he called “stay at home” order. He indicated it is no time to panic but it is also no time for business as usual. He canceled till further notice all gatherings, such as no weddings, no services, no parties. He urged jersey shore second homeowners to not come to the jersey shore, explaining that the resources here cannot accommodate an influx at this time of year and under these circumstances.
Effective 9 p.m. tonight all non-essential businesses are closed until further notice. He urged businesses that can, have their employees work from home.
The Governor made it clear there is one set of rules for the state, and that this order supersedes any conflicting county or municipal orders.
Again, he said this is the “stay at home” order. You can go out and walk and run, but not together. There needs to be a six-foot distance between each other.
The State is doing aggressive testing for the virus, so he indicated an increase in confirmations is expected. We will see a sharp increase. He urged not to panic; it is to be expected.
Finally, and back to the originating purpose for this notice, please know the City is doing everything it can to protect you as well as our employees, and to continue operating in the areas that are necessary.
Together we can get through this. I urge all to follow the directives of the State, and to practice the common sense approaches to getting us through this.
Here's to looking forward to flip flop weather.
Mayor Beth Holtzman, Commissioner Lance Landgraf, Commissioner Kriebel
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