Covid-19
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We understand that potential exposure to COVID-19 can be concerning, however now is the time for preparedness and not panic. Washington Township is committed to protecting our residents, staff and the entire community throughout this public health concern while maintaining all emergency and public services. Township representatives will remain in contact with health care professionals to determine any and all actions moving forward and will update the community accordingly. Below is a collection of resources and information about COVID-19 compiled by the town for residents' convenience.

Latest information:

  • The Municipal Building is back open to the public! A face mask/covering is required at all times when entering the building and we remind residents to keep a safe social distance of 6 feet. Find more information here.
  • In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are able to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000. This advance is designed to provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. This loan advance will not have to be repaid. Recipients do not have to be approved for a loan in order to receive the advance, but the amount of the loan advance will be deducted from total loan eligibility. SBA will begin accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance applications on June 15 to qualified small businesses and U.S. agricultural businesses.

    Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. For agricultural businesses that submitted an EIDL application through the streamlined application portal prior to the legislative change, SBA will process these applications without the need for re-applying.

    Eligible small businesses and agricultural businesses may apply for the Loan Advance here.

  • Governor Murphy announced he will be signing an Executive Order allowing for opening of limited outdoor sports practices on June 22, and Child Care on June 15. He will also allow youth and municipal day camps to open on July 6. Lastly, horse racing is to resume as long as there are no spectators in the grandstands. Gov. Murphy has also indicated that he will announce, this week, when the MVC will re-open, and on June 12th, he intends to increase the number of people allowed to gather indoors
  • Find a full playlist of video messages from Washington Township Officials regarding the COVID-19 pandemic here

Local Impact:

Municipal Building

  • The building will be opening to the public on June 22nd.  Operating with full staff. Guidelines and protocols will be in place to help stop the spread.
  • All meetings are cancelled for council, boards and commissions.
  • All members of Washington Township Council contribute daily to the well-being and continuation of Government. We will be posting Councilmembers official township emails so that you as a resident can also contact them directly as well. We want to insure residents that all members of the governing body and first responders are fully committed to doing their part during the COVID-19 situation.
    *Joseph Perry - JPerry@twp.washington.nj.us
    *Sean Longfellow - SLongfellow@twp.washington.nj.us
    *Dana Pasqualone - DPasqualone@twp.washington.nj.us
    *Andra Williams - AWilliams@twp.washington.nj.us
    *Andrea Dougherty - ADougherty@twp.washington.nj.us

Clerks Office

  • Information from the The Clerk's office  can be requested via email or phone message, and they will be fulfilled.
  • Click here for instructions to request a Vital Record (copy of a birth, death or marriage certificate) while the municipal building is closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tax Office

  • Online payments can be submitted here or can be dropped in the lockbox outside the Municipal Building. Lockbox will be checked daily. Any other questions or concerns can be directed to Sheila Garrison at (856) 589-0520 x257 or at SGarrison@twp.washington.nj.us
  • Mayor Gattinelli and Washington Township Council announced today they are extending the grace period for payment of the May 1, 2020, quarterly property taxes to June 1, 2020. As you may be aware, Governor Murphy issued Executive Order 130, which grants municipalities the authority to extend the grace period, which is normally 10 days. The purpose of the Executive Order and today’s action provides taxpayers extra time to pay their taxes without any penalties or added interest due to the Pandemic. Please be advised any payments received after June 1, 2020 will accrue interest retroactively to May 1, 2020, in accordance with state law.

  • Also, in light of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, the State has placed funding for Homestead Credits and the NJ Senior Freeze (please still fill out booklet to maintain base year) in reserve to meet emergency and statutorily required obligations. Your bill has been adjusted accordingly. While this action is highly regrettable, it is necessary due to the highly fluid and unanticipated fiscal impact of the COVID-19 event on Statewide revenues. Re-issuance of the Homestead Benefit Credit will be revisited if conditions warrant it. We appreciate your anticipated cooperation and look forward to working cooperatively with you during this difficult time.

MUA

  • The building will be closed on a week-to-week basis. Check their website for more information.

Library

  • The library is currently closed until further notice. Curbside service is available. The book drop is currently still available if you'd like to return your books

Court

  • Per the State Supreme Court Directive, courts will be closed effective immediately.

Public Works

  • Trash pickup and other municipal services will continue their normal operations.

Parks and Rec

  • Pavillion Rentals at Washington Lake Park will start July 1, 2020.
  • Organized sports in New Jersey — including youth and adult recreation leagues, as well as high school and college athletics — will be allowed to resume, with safety restrictions, starting June 22, Gov. Phil Murphy announced 
  • State Guidelines for orginized sports 
  • Waiver of Liability
  • Senior center and CAC building are closed indefinitely
  • Washington Lake Park is open to the public, but social distancing guidelines will be enforced. Park staff and law enforcement will continue routine patrols of the park. Please remember to practice social distancing.

Police Department

  • The police department is continuing to function and services will continue to be provided.

Construction Office

  • Our Construction and Zoning Department are still processing permits through this outbreak. Any permits can be downloaded from our website from the respective department page (Construction or Zoning). We ask that residents then place their fully completed application in a secure envelope, along with any required fees, and place them in the marked dropbox in the Municipal Building parking lot. This dropbox is checked daily and when your application is received the respective department will reach out to you directly to continue the process.
  • During the building closure, please contact John DiStefano at (856) 589-0520x215 or at JDiStefano@twp.washington.nj.us

Zoning

  • During the building closure, please contact John DiStefano at (856) 589-0520x215 or at JDiStefano@twp.washington.nj.us

Talking Points:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 second.

Documents & Resources:

General Information:
Business Owners:
Washington Township:
Washington Township Public Schools:
Gloucester County: State Information:
  • Find answers to frequently asked questions on their website or call the 24/7 hotline at 1-800-222-1222 or 1-800-962-1253 if using out-of-state phone line.
  • State Information Hub
  • Department of Labor
     
  • The Department of Labor created a new web portal that allows New Jersey residents to contact the Department of Labor directly. This is a helpful tool for residents who have questions about their applications. To submit a message, residents must go to www.myunemployment.nj.gov and follow the instructions below.
    1. On the top navigation, scroll to the right for “Need Help” and unveil the drop down menu
    2. Choose "Send an Email"
    3. Choose Email: Submit a message through our new online form.
    4. Follow the prompts