COVID-19 / Coronavirus Information

In conjunction with the Township of Denville, The Denville Board of Health, the Denville Office of Emergency Management, and the Denville Volunteer Fire Department, the Denville Police Department created this page as a resource to obtain validated information on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  This page will be updated as often as possible with pertinent information from each of the aforementioned organizations.  Please continue to follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the various orders issued through the state, county or township.  We want to wish everyone and their families good health throughout this crisis.


08/13/20: Added a link (click below graphic) to the NJ Department of Health's Community Toolkit for COVID-19 webpage.  The digital toolkit contains some of the shareable information that can distributed to the community.  


08/03/20: With the recent upticks in the State's COVID-19 numbers, Governor Murphy issued Executive Order 173, decreasing the limits on indoor gatherings has back to a maximaum of 25 people or 25% of capacity.  Weddings, funerals, memorial services, and religious or political activities protected under the First Admendment may continue to operate at a maximum of 100 people or 25% of capacity.


- Governor Murphy announced that all students, with exceptions made for those with respiratory conditions or disabilities, will be required to wear masks/face coverings at all times while inside school.

- Governor Murphy issued Executive Order 172, which allows public employees to immediately enroll in the State Health Benefits Program.

08/01/2020: Governor Murphy issued Executive Order 171, which extends the currently declared Public Health Emergency.

07/31/2020: Governor Murphy issued Executive Order 170, which extends certain statutory deadlines across state government.

07/20/20: Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 169, which clarifies Executive Order 164 is only applicable to municipal party committees and county party committees that held elections during the July primary elections.

07/20/20: Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 168 (E.O. 167 was not COVID-19 related), allowing the resumption of contact practices and competitions for certain organized sports in outdoor settings.

07/17/20: Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 166, creating greater oversight and accountability for federal COVID-19 resources.

07/13/20: Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 165, lifting the 50% capacity limits on NJ Transit and private carrier vehicles.

07/13/20: Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 164, postponing annual municipal and county party committee reorganization meetings.


07/08/20: Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 163, which requires the wearing of a facemask in outdoor public places when unable to social distance.


07/02/20:  Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 162 extending the declaration of a public health emergency in New Jersey.

- Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 161 increasing the outdoor gathering limit to 500 persons or fewer.

- Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 160 authorizing all flags to fly at full staff effective July 3, 2020.


06/30/20: Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 159 extending certain statutory deadlines across state government.

06/29/20:  Due to spikes in coronavirus cases in other states, driven in part by the return of indoor dining, Governor Murphy announced that the return of indoor dining will be postponed indefinately (Executive Order 158)

06/26/20: Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 157, which establishes rules for indoor dining, indoor recreational facilities, and individualized instruction at gyms and fitness centers.

- Governor Murphy, along with the State's Department of Education, announced guidance (The Road Back Restart and Recovery Plan for Education) for the opening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year.


06/24/20:  Begining July 2nd, museums, aquariums, libraries and other indoor recreational facilities (to include bowling alleys, batting cages, shooting ranges and arcades) may reopen at 25% of capacity.  Movie theaters, performance art centers, concert venues and night clubs will remain closed.  Gyms and fitness centers will also remain closed, although they may open for individualized training sessions by appointment only. 

-  In conjunction with New York and Conneticut, Governor Murphy announced a joint travel advisory that requires visitors entering the tri-state region from states with high coronavirus infection rates (10 infections per 100,000 residents on a seven-day rolling average or 10 percent of the state's total population infected on a rolling seven day average) to self-quaratine for 14 days.

06/23/20:  Governor Murphy announced that outdoor amusement and water parks may reopen at 50% capacity and playgrounds may reopen begining on July 2nd.


06/22/20:  Governor Murphy announced that indoor dining may resume with 25% capacity limits on July 2nd.  In addition, NJ casinos may also open with 25% capacity on July 2nd.

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-  Governor Murphy also announced that indoor shopping malls be open effective June 29th following certain social distancing restrictions.  Food Court seating, theaters and arcades are to remain closed.

- Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 156, which immediately increases outdoor gathering capacity limts from 100 to 250 people and indoor gathering capacity limits from to 25% of occupancy but not to exceed 100 people.

06/18/20:  Governor Murphy announced that indoor shopping malls may open begining on June 29th.

- Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 155, which allows limited in-person instruction at institutions of higher education and trade and training schools beginning July 1st.  

06/15/20:  NJ Department of Health releases guidelines for the resumption of outdoor sports.

06/13/20:  Governor Murphy formally signed Executive Order 154 allowing personal care Service facilities to open effective June 22.

06/12/20:  Governor Murphy announced that guidance for personal care businesses will be released today.  These businesses may reopen effective June 22nd.  In addition, libraries may resume curbside pick-up begining on June 15th.

06/09/20:  Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 152 and Executive Order 153, which increases the limits on indoor and outdoor gatherings as well as authorizes outdoor community pools and other outdoor recreational businesses to resume operations.

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06/05/20:  Governor Murphy announced opening dates for the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission and also signed an Executive Order (EO 151) extending the public health emergency an additional 30 days.


06/04/20:  Governor Murphy announced the guidelines regarding the opening of non-essential retail businesses on Monday, June 15th.


06/03/20:  Governor Murphy signed an Executive Order (EO 150) allowing outdoor dining begining on Monday, June 15th, as well as the opening of non-essential retail businesses.


06/02/20:  Updated information on the limited re-opening of Denville Township Parks: Nixle Message.

06/01/20:  Governor Murphy announed the begining of Phase Two of the recovery process, to inlcude outside dining, opening of retail establishments and salons/barber shops.


05/29/20:  Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 149, allowing resumption of child care services, youth day camps, and organized sports over the coming weeks.

05/26/20:  Governor Murphy announces authorization of in-person graduation ceremonies that meet specific social distancing guidelines and authorization of professional sports teams which train or play in New Jersey to practice and engage in games or matches, if their leagues resume competition. 

05/22/20:  Governor Murphy announced the signing of an executive order (EO 148) permitting outside gatherings of up to 25 people and the opening of recreational campgrounds.

- A message from Denville Township Mayor Tom Andes regarding Memorial Day and various Township programs.

- NJDEA Small Business COVID-19 Grant Program Phase 2 Information:


05/18/20:  The following legislative changes were signed into law by Governor Murphy on 05/15/20:
S2356/A3946:  Provides relief for students enrolled in various state higher education financial aid programs and address the unique circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
-  A3966: Authorizes the sale and delivery of alcoholic beverages by the holders of certain retail consumption licenses and concessionaire permits during the COVID-19 state of emergency.

05/13/20:  Govenor Murphy announced EO-142, permitting resumption of non-essential construction, curbside pickup at non-essential retail businesses, and gatherings in cars.

05/07/20 : Stop COVID-19 Fraud Fact Sheet from Homeland Security Investigations

05/04/20:  Governor Murphy announced that all schools will remain closed for rest of the 2019/20 academic year and will continue with remote learning.
- Press Release

05/01/20:  Information on the Reopening of Denville Parks:

The Township of Denville will have a partial reopening of its public parks beginning on Saturday, May 2, 2020.  Denville parks will be open for the following passive recreational activities in which social distancing can be achieved and maintained: walking, hiking, running, jogging and fishing (with appropriate license and permits, as required).  Furthermore, the Dog Park at Veterans Memorial Park will also be opened with humans required to follow social distancing protocols.

All public buildings & restrooms, playgrounds, athletic fields, courts, play areas, gazebos and picnic pavilions SHALL REMAIN CLOSED until further notice.  Please note that parking may be limited in certain parks in order to reduce the number of people at each facility.

To allow parks and trails to remain open for passive recreation, users are asked to strictly adhere to the following safety protocols:

•  It is recommended that all park users wear face coverings.

•  Observe social distancing protocols of at least 6 feet from others at all times, except for immediate family members, caretakers, household members or romantic partners. If this is not possible, users should leave that location and find an alternative location. Gatherings of individuals at the parks is prohibited.

•  While on trails and paths, warn others of your presence and step aside to let others pass.

•  No picknicking will be permitted and no picnic blankets, chairs, coolers or other such personal property shall be carried into the parks.

•  To facilitate reduced interpersonal contact, some paths/trails may be marked with directional arrows for all users (such as "flow of traffic shall be counter-clockwise").  Please adhere to these requirements.

•  Do not use the parks or trails if you are exhibiting any signs or symptoms of COVID-19.

The Township sincerely appreciates your anticipated cooperation. In following the above protocols, we can all ensure our friends and neighbors remain safe and that the Township will be able to keep the parks open.

04/30/20 :  A message from the Township Administration regarding the implementation of a Property Tax Grace Period:
- On April 28, 2020, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order #130 granting authority for municipalities to extend, via resolution, the grace period for 2nd quarter property taxes from May 11, 2020 to June 1, 2020.  Based upon a detailed financial analysis performed at the request of Mayor Thomas Andes, it has been demonstrated the Township of Denville would be able to meet all of its fiduciary responsibilities and obligations if it extended the tax grace period to June 1st.  Mayor Andes fully supports the extension of the grace period and credits the entire Township Council and their conservative approach to fiscal planning and budgeting during the past years to have put us in a healthy financial position to be able to approve such an extension and provide needed relief to those property owners who may have been adversely impacted by the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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04/29/20 :  The NJ State Association of Chiefs of Police, in cooperation with Prevention Awareness Networks, has released two COVID-19 informational videos.  The videos contain basic information on the Covid-19 virus, what symptoms to be aware of and how to keep your family safe and healthy.  One of the videos is geared toward an adult audience and the second is for younger children.
- Video for Adult Audiences
- Video for Younger Audiences

04/28/20 :  If any Denville resident is experiencing food insecurity or having difficulty affording the basic necessities as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, Denville Social Services may be able to help.  Please call 973-625-8300 ext. 269 for additional information.

04/27/20 : Governor Murphy announced his plan, The Road Back: Restoring Economic Health Through Public Health, to reopen the state this afternoon.  Please click here to view a fact sheet on the plan.

04/27/20 :  Paycheck Protection Program Update: On Monday, April 27, 2020, at 10:30 am, the Small Business Administration will resume accepting applications through approved lenders.  For more information, click here.

04/27/20 :  Denville residents, if you are in need of pet food or temporary alternate housing for your pets, please contact Denville Township Animal Control Officer Meredith Petrillo at 973-627-4900 ext. 5 for assistance.

04/22/20 :  The New Jersey Firemen's Home in Boonton has been hard hit by the COVID-19 virus.  They have recently requested donations of isolation gowns and are also seeking certified nursing assistants or nurses to assist with the care of residents.  Click the below link for additional information.
- NJ Firemen's Home COVID-19 Updates

04/21/20 : Public service announcement from the FBI regarding an increase in online extortion schemes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- FBI PSA - Online Extortion Scams Increasing During the COVID-19 Crisis

04/13/20 : Important Message from St. Clare's Hospital regarding seeking treatment for non-COVID related health issues.
- Message

04/08/20 :  NJ Senator Cory Booker's office released a resource guide for New Jerseyans.  The guide includes details on resources from the recently passed CARES Act, FAQs that may be helpful for Mayors/elected officials fielding questions from constituents or small businesses, links to additional resources and information throughout, phone numbers for hotlines and helplines for New Jerseyans and information on how to reach out to Senator Booker’s office for assistance.  The document will be updated regularly on
-  A Coronavirus Pandemic Resource Guide for New Jerseyans

04/08/20 : NJ Office of the Attorney General released guidance regarding remote on-line meeting platform safety.
-  Cyber Safety Alert: Remote On-Line Meeting Platform Compromises

04/07/20 :  St. Clare's Hospital is seeking registered nurses (RNs) for Critical Care areas and the Emergency Department for all shifts (12 hour shifts). Nurses from Pennsylvania and Delaware are eligible, as they do not need to have a NJ license at this time.  If interested, please call Karen Sosnowski at 973-537-3855 or e-mail

04/07/20 :  A Hotline has been established to assist in combating coronavirus fraud as well as hoarding and price gouging.  Complaints can be called in to the National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721 or by email

04/07/20 :  Morris County is putting out an emergency call for Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses and medical professionals who are available during this COVID-19 health crisis to sign up for paid openings at healthcare facilities across Morris County that are short of qualified medical personnel and looking to hire people immediately.  For more information, visit Operation Saves-a-Life.

04/04/20 :  The CDC has issued a recommendation that people wear masks in public in order to help stem the risk of community spread. 
Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings, Especially in Areas of Significant Community Based Transmission

04/02/20 : Information on extension of Real ID deadline, extension of NJ tax deadline and the CDC travel advisory.
- Real ID deadline extended to October 1, 2021
- NJ extends state tax deadline to July 15, 2020 (same as federal tax extension)
- CDC issues domestic travel advisory

 04/01/20 :
Message from Mayor Andes
- COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus Information for New Jersey Businesses 
The Coronavirus Relief Bill: Every Benefit for Small Businesses
Emergency Assistance Eligibility Wizard
- NJEDA Announces New Initiatives to Support Businesses Impacted by COVID-19
- Facebook Small Business Grants Program
- What benefits or unemployment insurance are available to me if I have been impacted by the outbreak?

03/30/20 : Information and guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) from the United States Department of Labor (DOL).

FFCRA Questions & Answers

03/29/20 :  Information released from the Office of the Governor regarding mortgage relief during the COVID-19 pandemic and information from the NJ Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) regarding benefits.
Mortgage Payment Relief Press Release
- SNAP Assistance During Coronavirus 

03/27/20 :  Morris County, in coordination with Atlantic Health System, will open a COVID-19 drive-thru testing center for Morris County residents only, at the County College of Morris (CCM) in Randolph starting on Monday, March 30.  Residents must have a printed copy of a COVID-19 medical prescription from a physician, must have an appointment and must show up in a vehicle in order to access the testing site.  Registration to schedule appointments will begin on Sunday, March 29, at 10 a.m.  For additional information on this testing site, please click here.

Special testing for healthcare workers and first responders will take place on Saturday, March 28, at the state's drive-thru testing facilities located at the Bergen Community College in Paramus and the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel.  Testing will only be conducted on healthcare workers and first responders who are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 and present valid credentials identifying their role.  Starting on Saturday, April 4, the PNC Bank Arts Center location will be open every Saturday for healthcare workers and first responders only.  Again, the personnel must be symptomatic and have valid credentials identifying their role.  For additional information on these two sites, click here.

03/27/20 :  Updated fact sheets and guides regarding COVID-19.
- COVID-19 Economic Relief Package (NJ Economic Development Authority/NJEDA)
New Initiatives to Support Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 - NJEDA (Added 03/28/20)
- Third Stimulus Bill Provisions
- Instructions for Persons who Tested Positive for COVID-19
- Instructions for Persons who Tested Negative for COVID-19

03/26/20 :  The garbage and recycling collection calendar remains unchanged during the current COVID-19 pandemic.  Gaeta Recycling has reported a significant increase in the volume of residential solid waste and recycling as more residents are staying home around the clock (as recommended) in conjunction with the temporary closure of the Denville Recycling Center.  This results in additional trips during the day to the solid waste and recycling transfer facilities, which may result in a delay in the normal time your garbage or recycling is collected.  The crews from Gaeta are working late into the afternoon and early evening in an attempt to complete all the routes.

In the event your garbage or recycling is not collected on or before 7:30 PM on the day scheduled, please leave your garbage or recycling curbside and complete this online form.  Gaeta will return to those streets that were missed first thing the following morning.  We appreciate your patience during this time. 

03/26/20 :  Employees may report their employers if they are not following the guidelines of Executive Order 107 in one of two ways:

- Via a website:
- Via phone: 2-1-1

Residents may also contact the Denville Police Department at 973-627-4900 ext. 9 if the business is located within Denville Township.

03/25/20 :  Information on Businesses Resources from Rep. Mikie Sherrill's Office and a fact sheet for other business resources.
- Rep. Mikie Sherrill's Website
- Information Sheet

03/24/20 :  The Morris County Health Department has prepared two flyers for essential businesses that remain open to educate their employees on COVID-19 and social distancing.  These flyers may be printed and utilized by any businesses who wish to do so.
- Flyer: Employee COVID-19 Fact Sheet
- Flyer: Employee Social Distancing Fact Sheet

03/20/20 :  Video Message from Mayor Andes, Superintendent Forte and Chief Perna

03/20/20 :  Message from the Denville Police Department - Update & COVID-19 Scams
- Graphic: Six Feet Apart Please (English)
- Graphic: A Una Distencia Di 6 Pies Par Favor (Spanish)
- Graphic: Social Distancing - What does it mean? (banner/English)
- Graphic: Social Distancing - What does it mean? (English)
- Graphic: Distanciamiento Social - Que significa esto? (Spanish)

03/18/20 :  Message from the Denville Fire Department

03/17/20 :  Message from the Denville Police Department - Response Guidelines

03/16/20 :  Message From Mayor Tom Andes

03/15/20 :  Message Regarding the Closure of Township Parks

03/10/20 :  Information on COVID-19 from the Denville Health Department
- Fact Sheet: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- Fact Sheet: Share the Facts about COVID-19
- Fact Sheet: Symptoms of Coronavirus Disease 2019
- Fact Sheet: Stop the Spread of Germs

Bills enacted by the State of New Jersey Supporting Businesses and Employees

NJ A3845 (20R) allows the Economic Development Authority to extend grants to small businesses impacted by the virus;
NJ A3848 (20R) would prohibit employers from firing workers who need to take time off because of the coronavirus;
NJ A3855 (20R) would require the state’s departments and agencies to put information about accessing food on public notifications relating to public health emergencies;
NJ A3861 (20R) would allow corporations to hold shareholders’ meetings remotely, rather than in person, during a state of emergency;
NJ A3865 (20R) would allow grocery stores to limit returns of goods purchased during the current public health state of emergency;

2-1-1 NJ's COVID-19 Information Hotline:

NJ residents may call 2-1-1 (or, 1-800-962-1253) at any time, 24 hours a day, to obtain general information on COVID-19.
In addition, you may text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive text information on COVID-19 to stay informed.  You may also text your zip code to 989-211 to receive live text assistance.

Domestic Violence Resources During COVID-19 Pandemic

During the period of COVID-19 court closures, applications for a Temporary Restraining Order may be filed with the local police department where (1) the victim resides or is sheltered; or (2) where the defendant resides; or (3) where the incident occurred.  As such, if the victim lives or is sheltered within Denville Township; or, the defendant lives within Denville Township; or, the incident occurred within Denville Township, the victim may seek a temporary restraining order through the Denville Police Department.

If you are in need of domestic violence services you can contact any of the following resources:
-  Morris County Family Justice Center at 973-829-4050 or
-  JBWS:  973-267-7520 or
-  Safety, Support and Solutions for All:   24 hour hotline at 1-877-R U ABUSED (1-877-782-2873) / If you are Hearing Impaired, you can contact  973-314-4192
-  Center for Non-Violence counseling programs at 973-539-7801

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Addiction Recovery Services During COVID-19  or  call 973-625-1143 (24/7)
Recovery Services during COVID Morris County
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