This page contains information and web links for community programs and services that help residents and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue updating this page as more resources develop.
Please look out for each other and check-in with your neighbors during this challenging time. We are in this together, and we will get through this together!
Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Lowering Limits on Indoor and Outdoor Gatherings
TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 196, which lowers indoor and outdoor gathering limits. Effective Tuesday, November 17 at 6:00 a.m., the indoor gathering limit will decrease from 25 to 10 people. The outdoor gathering limit will decrease from 500 people to 150 people, effective Monday, November 23 at 6:00 a.m.
“As we have been saying for weeks, this will not be a normal holiday season, and it’s incumbent on all of us to avoid the type of gatherings that have proven to be particularly dangerous places for COVID-19 to spread,” said Governor Murphy. “With the alarming numbers we are seeing right now, we have to take these steps today to preserve and protect public health and to slow the spread of this virus.”
The limit for weddings, funerals, memorial services and religious and political activities remain unchanged and will be limited to 25% of the capacity of the room in which the gathering takes place, up to a maximum of 150 individuals.
Indoor sporting competitions and practices will be permitted to exceed the 10 person limit only for individuals necessary for the practice or competition, such as players, coaches, and referees, but may not exceed 150 individuals. For most indoor sports, this will mean that there can be no spectators.
Legislative and judicial proceedings are not subject to the indoor gatherings limits.
Weddings, funerals, memorial services, and religious and political activities are not subject to the outdoor gatherings limit. All other types of gatherings, such as a high school football game or an outdoor concert, will be limited to 150 individuals. Athletes, coaches, referees and other individuals necessary for a professional or collegiate sports competition are not counted towards the 150 person limit.
Outdoor gatherings continue to be subject to strict social distancing restrictions, including the requirement to wear masks whenever it is not possible to social distance.
For a copy of Executive Order No. 196, please click here: Governor Murphy Executive Order No. 196
Monmouth County CARES Program for Businesses
FREEHOLD, NJ — Small businesses in Monmouth County can apply for more funding under an expansion of the CARES Economic Assistance Grant Program.
Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas Arnone announced that businesses that already have received a $10,000 grant can now apply for another $10,000 of coronavirus-related funding through the program.
“Any small business that has already applied and submitted expenses in excess of $20,000 does not need to do anything — your application will be reviewed and eligible expenses will be processed,” he announced during a November 2 press conference. “If you submitted more than $10,000 but less than $20,000 and have incurred additional expenses, please submit them as soon as possible.” Since the program launched on August 3rd, the county has approved more than 2,100 applications and dispersed nearly $18 million in CARES grants, Arnone said.
To qualify, businesses must meet the following criteria:
- Be physically located in the county since January 1, 2019 or earlier.
- Provide documentation of being negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Have $5 million or less in annual gross revenues.
- Employ 50 or fewer full-time workers, including the owner, as of March 1, 2020.
To learn more about the program or apply, visit monmouthcountycares.com or call 732-375-2196, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Economic Assistance Grant Program Portal: https://solixconsulting.force.com/Monmouth/s/?language=en_US
Monmouth ACTS Financial Recovery Initiative
The devastating COVID-19 pandemic has created financial challenges for Monmouth County residents – some for the very first time in their lives. This is where the Monmouth ACTS Financial Recovery Initiative (FRI) can step in to help.
Through FRI, residents can connect with the following resources to help put them on the path to financial recovery:
- Financial Assistance and Support
- Financial Coaching and Income Tax Assistance
- Housing Assistance
- Workforce Training and Employment Assistance
- Nutrition Assistance
- Child Care Resources
- Financial Recovery Initiative Service Areas (Monmouth ResourceNet): http://www.monmouthresourcenet.org/search/financial-recovery-initiative/
- Monmouth County official website: https://www.co.monmouth.nj.us/index.aspx
If you would rather speak personally to someone, you can make a Warm Call to 732-683-8959 to be connected with a dedicated member of our Financial Recovery team, who will assess their needs and direct them to the best resource for their situation.
Tuesday, December 1, 9 AM - 12 Noon
Thursday, December 10, 4 PM - 7 PM
Monday, December 21, 9 AM - 12 Noon
Thursday, December 3, 4 PM - 7 PM
Tuesday, December 15, 9 AM - 12 Noon
Wednesday, December 23, 4 PM - 7 PM
Wednesday, December 2, 4 PM - 7 PM
Saturday, December 12, 9 AM - 12 Noon
Tuesday, December 22, 4 PM - 7 PM
Long Branch - Bucky James Community Center, 231 Wilbur Ray Ave.
Tuesday, December 8, 4 PM - 7 PM
Thursday, December 17, 4 PM - 7 PM
Neptune - Neptune First Aid, 5 Neptune Blvd.
Wednesday, December 16, 9 AM - 12 Noon
Neptune - Neptune Senior Center, 1607 Hwy. 33
Saturday, December 5, 9 AM - 12 Noon
The Freeholders and Health Department encourage residents to fill out the testing requisition form ahead of testing in order to expedite the process at each location.”
Residents with general questions or concerns about the COVID-19 are able to contact the Monmouth County Health Department (MCHD) phone bank by calling 732-845-2070 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
When the phone bank is not operational, please visit the MCHD website at www.visitmonmouth.com/health for general information related to COVID-19. Residents can also visit the NJ 211 website for additional information at www.nj211.org/coronavirus-covid-19 or by dialing 2-1-1.
If you would like to read more Monmouth County news updates and information regarding the COVID-19 situation, go to www.visitmonmouth.com.
State of New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub COVID19.NJ.GOV has several links available for assistance.
MASKS ARE REQUIRED TO BE WORN IN ALL BOROUGH BUILDINGS AT ALL TIMES