Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The League is here to help local governments managing public health crises. 

On March 21, 2020 Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 107 directing residents to stay at home until further notice. He also signed Executive Order 108 invalidating any county or municipal restriction that in any way will or might conflict with any of the provisions of Executive Order No. 107.

 In an effort to respond quickly to COVID-19, Gov. Murphy declared a State of Emergency and a Public Health Emergency on March 9, 2020, to help deploy every available resource  across every level of government. DOWNLOAD: Executive Order No. 103. On March 16, the Governor also noted that gatherings larger than 50 people will be prohibited. Gyms will close 8 p.m., March 16, and remain closed moving forward. Bars and Restaurants will close at 8 p.m. moving forward, with the ability to re-open each day to offer take-out and delivery services. Food establishments will be prohibited from offering eat-in services. DOWNLOAD: Executive Order No. 104

Here we share the latest concerns and provide references for information and assistance.

Local Response

Local and state officials, in consultation with federal officials as appropriate, and based on the scope of the COVID-19 outbreak and the severity of illness, will have to make decisions on the implementation of interventions. 

Communities can take measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, coronavirus. Community-based interventions including school dismissals, event cancellations, social distancing, and creating employee plans to work remotely can help slow the spread of COVID-19. 

Many of the same precautions taken to avoid the flu can be taken to help avoid the spread of COVID-19. One of the best ways to help prevent the spread of any illness, including COVID-19 is proper handwashing. Please see the CDC’s website for the most effective handwashing techniques and how to promote them to your community. VIDEO: What You Need to Know About Handwashing

The following are tools for local officials.

Reference Tools

New Jersey Resources

Federal Resources

Non-Governmental Resources

Guidance for Local Officials:

NLC Survey Results on how residents are feeling about local, state, and federal response to COVID-19.

Response Resources for Local Leaders from the National League of Cities

Essential Workers Memorandum on identification of essential critical infrastructure workers during COVID-19 response from Christopher C. Krebs, Director, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Department of Homeland Security.

Polling Locations Recommended Precautions for Preventing Spread of COVID-19 in Election Polling Locations, including Cleaning and Disinfection

Sustainable Jersey 2020 Certification cycle changes

EMS & 911 Interim Guidance for EMS Systems and 911 Public Safety Answering Points for COVID-19 in the United States

Gatherings & Community Events Interim Guidance: Get Your Mass Gatherings or Large Community Events Ready for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Risk Assessment Assessing & Managing Risk Based on Different Exposures to COVID-19

State Quarantine & Isolation Statutes from National Conference of State Legislatures 

Preparing Local Government Workplaces  from the University of North Carolina School of Government

OSHA & COVID-19 OSHA issues pertaining to coronavirus from Genova Burns

Small Business Administration Guidance & Loan Resources