Current Rules & Recommendations

June 30 Update from the Princeton Health Department

June 8 Update from the Princeton Health Department

Many people rely on mixing common household cleaning products to disinfect their homes in a viable and cost effective manner.  Now that public spaces and places are seeing more activity, businesses are doing the same in their offices and retail spaces. Disinfecting public and personal work spaces will become more important as more interactions occur in them.Bleach is one of the most used and misused disinfectants available to people. Bleach’s disinfecting properties make it an ideal cleaner, it is dangerous to mix bleach with other cleaning products because of the chemical reactions that can result. Some of these reactions can even be fatal.  Remember, your SAFEST option is to read and heed the safety warnings and directions on ALL cleaning products you intend to use.We have identified some of the more common mixing mistakes in the photo. For a more complete list and information directly from the CDC, click this link.

June 4 Press Release from the Princeton Health Dept.

For Immediate Release:  June4, 2020

The following health advisory was issued today by the Princeton Health Department:

Mayor Liz Lempert joined Gov. Phil Murphy and mayors across New Jersey in urging those who’ve participated in closely packed demonstrations to follow up with appropriate safety protocols to protect themselves and the health of their loved ones. Gov Murphy expressed concern about the potential for rapid transmission from a super-spreader within tightly congregated groups of people.

COVID-19 is a highly contagious virus that can be transmitted by sustained close personal contact, or in a mass gathering, such as the recent protest gatherings across New Jersey. During a protest gathering, mass gathering, such as the recent protest gatherings across New Jersey. During a protest gathering, people congregate while chanting or shouting, often while standing or moving about near one another. These activities provide an environment where the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease known as COVID-19, can be easily transmitted. The use of face coverings, social distancing, and careful personal hygiene practices (handwashing, avoidance of touching your face, nose, eyes) and being outdoors are helpful in reducing the risk of transmission. Nonetheless, there is still a risk of transmission during this type of gathering of people.

If you have attended a recent mass gathering, like the protests, you should be aware that you have been in a situation with a heightened risk of exposure to the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. To protect yourself and others, you should use a face covering in public at all times, maintain social distancing and monitor yourself for symptoms for the fourteen days after the date of the mass gathering. If you become infected, you could develop COVID-19 anywhere from two to 14 days after you were exposed to a person with the virus. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatiue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Since you are at higher risk of exposure, if you are feeling unwell and experiencing symptoms — even if they are very mild,  you should self-isolate, contact your primary care physician and get tested — you could be contagious. You should notify your doctor or the testing site that you may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus during a mass gathering.

Unfortunately, it is very important to remember that if you do become sick, you are able to pass on the infection EVEN BEFORE YOU KNOW YOU ARE SICK. It is also possible to catch COVID-19 and be infectious EVEN IF YOU HAVE NO SYMPTOMS.

THEREFORE, IT IS STRONGLY ADVISED TO LIMIT CLOSE CONTACT WITH OTHERS ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO ARE MOST VULNERABLE TO COVID 19 FOR THE 14 DAY PERIOD AFTER ATTENDING A MASS GATHERING. Those who are most vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19 include people in nursing homes or other congregate living environments, older adults, and those with a predisposing condition such as high blood pressure, lung disease, chronic kidney or liver disease, heart disease, diabetes, immune-compromise, or obesity.

To obtain testing, you can contact your primary care doctor, or get tested at a local testing site. Locally, CVS on State Rd. Rt. 206 has testing-please call or go online to arrange an appointment. You can also visit the testing site on princetoncovid.org to find a testing site near you.

For more information on coronavirus (SARS-2) and COVID-19:

 For questions about coronavirus, the New Jersey Department of Health has a COVID-19 Hotline, 24/7, at 1-800-222-1222. The Princeton Health Department can be reached at (609)497-7608 for additional information.

All press contact should be directed to Fred Williams, by e-mail, fwilliams@princetonnj.gov

 

June 3 Press Release from the Princeton Health Dept.

For Immediate Release:  June 3, 2020

Covid-19 Information for People who Attended the Protest in Princeton

The large turnout in Princeton for yesterday’s protest demonstrated the overwhelming support of the Princeton community for an end to police violence and systemic racism. The Municipality stands in solidarity with the protesters. However, despite the best efforts of the organizers, it was not always possible to practice social distancing.  In light of this and for your safety and the safety of our community, the Princeton Health Department urges anyone that attended the June 2nd protest in Princeton and who was unable to maintain social distance to limit contact with other people for 14 days.  COVID-19 continues to circulate in our community, and our region is still working on overcoming the odds of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Individuals are being urged to continue social distancing efforts and seek testing  if experiencing the following symptoms:  fever, cough, shortness of breath, and other symptoms, including chills, shivering, muscle pain, headaches, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell.  There is also a potential for COVID-19 infected individuals to demonstrate no symptoms at all, which is why it is extremely important to limit contact with others for 14 days, or the length of incubation for this disease.

PHD would also like to recommend anyone that attended the protest who lives or works with someone who is over 60 years old and/or suffering from a preexisting health condition to wear a mask at all times when in close proximity to that person. Also, do not share utensils and routinely disinfect high traffic household areas such as kitchens and bathrooms with CDC approved disinfectants (70% or higher active ingredient germicide).

For more information on coronavirus (SARS-2) and COVID-19:

 For questions about coronavirus, the New Jersey Department of Health has a COVID-19 Hotline, 24/7, at 1-800-222-1222. The Princeton Health Department can be reached at (609)497-7608 for additional information.

All press contact should be directed to Fred Williams, by e-mail, fwilliams@princetonnj.gov

May 14, 5 p.m. update from the Princeton Recreation Dept.

COMMUNITY GARDEN GUIDELINES FOR JOHN STREET AND SMOYER PARK

The Princeton Recreation Department community garden plots at John Street and Smoyer Park will open on Friday, May 15. We have made some adjustments from the normal community garden operations for 2020 as we slowly work toward opening  our facilities during these abnormal times. Please see below and attached. Our ability to safely operate these facilities relies on all users adhering to the revised rules.

If you have questions, please contact PRD’s Vikki Caines directly at vcaines@princetonnj.gov

Thanks to all gardeners for your patience over the past few weeks!

  • No more than six people in garden area at any one time and no more than two people at any one garden plot. Gardeners working at same garden plot must be from the same household.
  • Please limit your visit to no more than 90 minutes at a time as a courtesy to other gardeners who want to work in their garden plot.
  • Face covering and gloves should be worn at all times.
  • Maintain social distancing (6 feet minimum) at all times.
  • No sharing of tools or equipment.
  • Gardeners should bring their own water bucket/container to use in watering their respective plots. Hoses have been removed until further notice.
  • If you are sick or experiencing any symptoms of being sick, please stay home and do not visit the gardens until symptoms subside.

 

May 7, 3 p.m., press release from the Princeton Health Dept.

Business COVID-19 Prevention Plan Checklist

Directions:

  • Review the Governor’s Executive Orders and the New Jersey Department of Health Guidance Materials for essential businesses operations during the COVID-19 Outbreak.
  • Develop a plan of operations specific to your work flow which addresses the control measures necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Statement of Certification

The business owner/event organizer has reviewed the Governor’s Executive Orders and New Jersey Department of Health guidance documents and has developed a COVID protection plan for the above noted establishment/event which complies with all applicable measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 illness. Strategies have been identified to prevent the spread of COVID-19; these measures include protections for employees and customers.

The following COVID-19 transmission strategies must be implemented and remain in place while business is open to the public.

  • Employees are screened for Covid-19 symptoms on arrival to work. Symptoms monitored include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, shivering, muscle pain, headaches, sore throat, and new loss of taste and smell.
  • Employees have been properly trained on COVID-19 prevention measures and infection control strategies.
  • All frequently-touched surfaces used by employee and/or customers are regularly disinfected with an EPA disinfectant approved for use on COVID-19. The product is:
  • Strategies are in place to encourage employees to maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet for social distancing.
  • Masks and gloves are provided to all employees. (for shortages of equipment, contact the local health department)
  • Strategies are in place to encourage social distancing among customers.
  • Methods are established to create 6-foot spacing requirements in areas where lines are expected.
  • Customers are required to mask prior to entry and while on the premises.
  • Provisions are in place to serve senior citizens and other high risk populations that include added protections.
  • Protections, such as physical barriers, are provided between cashiers and customers.
  • Handwashing, hand sanitizer and/or hand wipes are provided for employees and customers at high touch points, such as check-outs.
  • Conspicuous signage is posted at the entrance and at key visual points to alert the public and employees of COVID-19 risks and prevention requirements.
  • Self-service foods, samples, and open condiments items are NOT provided.
  • Food products on display, that cannot be washed prior to consumption, are wrapped or otherwise secured in individual containers.
  • Contactless pay options are encouraged.

For additional information or resources, please contact the Princeton Health Department at (609)497-7608 or jgrosser@princetonnj.gov

Resources Utilized:

World Health Organization:  https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/getting-workplace-ready-for-covid-19.pdf

Centers for Disease Control:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html

 

Updated May 4, 7 p.m.

Gov. Murphy has announced that all public schools will continue distance learning through the end of the academic year. Details here.

Updated April 30, 4:30 p.m.

Mercer County to reopen parks and golf courses on Saturday. Details here.

Updated April 29, 6 p.m.

State Parks to Reopen This Saturday, May 2
  • Parking capped at 50 percent of capacity
  • Playgrounds and restrooms will remain closed
  • Picnics, organized activities, and team sports, remain prohibited
  • We recommend wearing a face covering when social distancing is difficult to maintain

Updated April 8, 12:30 p.m.

Princeton Urges Employers to Comply with CDC Guidance on Face Coverings 

This letter is to call on all employers in Princeton to immediately take steps to comply with the recent Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance on the use of face coverings.

It is critical that everyone in Princeton do their part to fight this pandemic by implementing strict protocols to slow the rate of transmission of the novel coronavirus. For businesses, this includes ensuring that their employees are supplied with—and wear—face coverings when at work. It also includes encouraging customers to do the same. 

The latest guidance from the CDC states that “a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (‘asymptomatic’) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (‘pre-symptomatic’) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms.” The CDC therefore advises everyone to “wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.” This includes landscapers, construction workers, and store clerks. It also includes any member of the public when out of the home. 

Accordingly, we are calling on all owners and managers of stores or companies that deal with the public to implement the following measures: 

  • Ensure that all of their workers are supplied with face coverings, and require them to wear them while on the job
  • Post signage to inform customers that your workers are wearing coverings to protect the customers
  • Encourage customers to wear facial coverings as well

The use of facial coverings by all who are out in public, whether by choice or in order to work, will have a material impact in preventing exposure to others. Although cloth coverings might not fully protect the wearer, they do help limit transmission of the virus to others. Widespread use of face coverings by employees and customers alike will protect us all by helping to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus and thus protect us all.

George T. DiFerdinando Jr. MD MPH FACP, Chair, Municipality of Princeton Board of Health Jeffrey C. Grosser, MHS HO REHS, Health Officer, Municipality of Princeton 

Updated April 7, 7 p.m.

Statement From Mayor Liz Lempert

State and county parks are closed, effective tonight. Walking paths and trails in municipal parks remain open for walking, jogging, and biking until further notice. Playgrounds, tennis courts, and other active facilities remain closed. All group activities are prohibited. Please remember to practice social distancing and wear a face covering when leaving your home.

Updated April 3, 7:15 p.m.

CDC has issued recommendations on the use of cloth face coverings .

Updated April 3, 1 p.m.

Coach USA/Suburban Transit has announced the suspension of its service between Princeton and New York Port Authority, effective April 4.

Updated March 26, 10:15 p.m.

Gov. Phil Murphy signs Executive Order 110 closing all child care centers except those serving first responders and essential workers by April 1. Child care centers must certify that they can and will exclusively care for children of essential workers or close by Wednesday, April 1.

Updated March 25, 3:30 p.m.

If you’ve been to New York City in the past two weeks, please self-isolate for 14 days.

 General Hygiene, Social Distancing and Food Waste Guidance TAKE-OUT RESTAURANTS and FOOD MARKETS (Rev.3/25/20)

  • SICK EMPLOYEES NEED TO STAY HOME No worker should be allowed to enter the restaurant, at any time, if they have symptoms of body ache, fever, cough or nausea. Health status of employees should be established before they show up for work.
  • CUSTOMERS SHOULD ORDER & PAY ONLINE OR USE DELIVERY Delivery services should be used to avoid people coming into the market or restaurant. Customers should be told to place orders and pay online if that option is available.  This should be added to the establishment website so customers know this ahead of time if it is feasible to do so.
  • AT THE COUNTER Social Distancing should be observed during food pick-up or grocery check-out.
    • Recommended 6-feet separation is usually not feasible, so be considerate by speaking softly with head turned (less projection of droplets) and breath through nose, not mouth.
    • No unnecessary conversation (a smile goes a long way).  This is not rude and it will make a difference in reducing transmission risk.
  • EMPLOYEE HYGIENE PRACTICES People can transmit COVID-19 to others before they have any symptoms, so the precautions below are essential for all employees at work, even if they are not symptomatic with flu-like illness:
    • Employees should make every effort to avoid coughing or sneezing anywhere inside the establishment (even if not related to viral illness). If unavoidable, please use inner elbow to fully cover mouth.
    • All employees should wear disposable gloves if they are handling consumer goods, food packages, cash or credit cards. Wash hands, including between fingers, wrists, and forearms thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds, before putting on gloves and after taking them off.
    • After putting the gloves on, employees should never touch their face or hair, this is very important because it is one way in which COVID-19 spreads between people and onto objects.
    • While wearing the gloves during the day, wash with soap and water every 30 minutes to kill virus that might have come from surfaces or objects. Sanitizer is good, but not as effective as soap and water.
  • HAIR NETS FOR ALL FOOD PREP As required under the NJ Food Code all employees working with prepared food should wear hair nets. This is already required, but it matters more than ever.
  • DURING FOOD PICK-UP & DELIVERY
    • Take away food containers and bags should never be touched with unwashed hands. Treat the containers as critical high-touch surfaces
    • Food delivery should be done with similar precautions, so drivers should frequently sanitize car-door handles, steering wheels and wash or sanitize hands or gloves as soon as possible after touching any public surface.
    • During delivery do not meet customers face to face if it can be avoided. Instead, 

leave food at their door for them to retrieve.

  • REFER TO SURFACE HYGIENE GUIDANCE PROVIDED BY PUBLIC HEALTH

Identify and frequently clean all “high-touch” surfaces including:

    • Payment and EBT machines and surrounding surfaces
    • Scales
    • Shared shopping carts or handbaskets
    • Shared service counters and bagging area surfaces
    • Farmers Market tokens
    • Bulk bins and utensils (utensils should be washed regularly)
    • Salad Bars, self-serve condiments, self-serve beverage dispensers sugar/creamer, etc. and utensils (wash on a schedule)
    • Shared equipment like coffee grinders and peanut butter grinders
    • Menus or lists on the ordering counter shared by customers
  • EVEN AFTER RECOVERY WORKERS SHOULD STAY HOME 

Workers presumed COVID-19+ should be self-isolated and not enter the store for at least 14 days after symptoms end. 

  • FOOD WASTE GUIDANCE
    • Check with your waste vendors to determine that they will able to pick up your establishment waste on schedule.
    • If waste pickup is delayed or interrupted, please make sure to secure waste receptacles and dumpsters as securely as possible. We expect a major sanitation and pest problem if allow food waste sit for more than a few days.

Updates to this document will be posted to www.princetoncovid.org.  Retail food operators should check daily to assure they have the most current guidance for this rapidly evolving situation.

Call the Princeton Health Department with any questions about this guidance.

(609) 497-7608 (9am –  or email renglish@princetonnj.gov 

 

Updated March 24, 3:45 p.m.
  • No renter or homeowner can be evicted until further notice.
  • Foreclosures for properties with FHA (Federal Housing Administration) mortgages are on hold until at least May 18, 2020.  More information 
  • Individuals with mortgages through Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Home Loan Banks are eligible to apply for a delay in payments with no late fees or negative credit reporting. More information
  • The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced relief measures for owners of multifamily properties if they agree to suspend evictions. More information

ROADS, TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING

  • The State of New Jersey strongly discourages residents from making non-essential trips between 8 p.m. – 5 a.m.
  • Parking regulations are suspended in Princeton.
  • There is a moratorium on all non-essential municipal construction and roadwork that either requires road closures or the disruption of water, sewer or electric services. This includes the Linden and Spruce Street road project.
  • FreeB Service has been suspended through March 27

MUNICIPAL BUILDING AND SERVICES

  • The municipal offices are closed through March 27.
  • Municipal court is suspended through March 27.
  • All scheduled public meetings held by Princeton’s boards, committees and commissions, including meetings of the Princeton Planning Board and the Princeton Zoning Board of Adjustment, are canceled through April 5.
  • All meetings of the Princeton Mayor and Council are canceled through April 5, except for such special or emergency meetings as may be needed in the interim for the purpose of approving the payment of bills and claims.
  • All municipally-sponsored events are canceled through April 30.
  • All private events held on municipal property and all events requiring municipal permits are canceled through April 30, including events for which permits have already been issued.

PARKS AND RECREATION

  • Playgrounds and sandboxes are closed. Parks remain open.
  • Use of municipal fields and facilities by organized sport groups is suspended through April 30, 2020.

RESTAURANTS, RETAIL, SCHOOLS, AND OTHER GATHERING SPOTS

  • All gyms and movie theaters are closed.
  • Bars and restaurants will be permitted to serve take-out and delivery services only.
  • Supermarkets and pharmacies will be open.
  • All Pre-K, K-12 schools, colleges and universities are on virtual instruction.
  • All barbershops, nail salons, hair salons, tanning salons, and spas are closed.
  • All public and private social clubs are closed

GENERAL

We encourage everyone to stay home if at all possible, and to employ the following social distancing techniques when going out:

 

  • Keep at least six feet between yourself and another person in all public places.
  • Avoid close contact, including handshakes and hugging.
  • Limit in-person meetings.
  • Prevention measures are similar to those utilized against the common cold and flu. Those measures include frequent hand washing and avoiding touching one’s face with unwashed hands.
  • The CDC does not recommend the use of surgical masks by people who are well. Those who are ill should consult a healthcare provider about using a surgical mask to reduce the spread of their illness.