Coronavirus Disease (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:

  • COVID-19: Important Property Tax update for our residents.
  • During these unprecedented times, we want to assure our community that Gloucester County small businesses are still here and available. The County has launched a new program that will allow local business to input their name, location, website, business type, hour of operations and any take out, curbside pickup or delivery options they have available for the public. We call this dashboard Gloucester County is Open for Business. Please visit the site (https://arcg.is/1mmHTX), and add your business and the accompanying information. If you need any help please contact Gloucester County Department of Economic Development at 856-384-6930.
  • Mayor Gattinelli and her administration encourage veterans and their families to consult VA’s public-facing website for the most current information: www.va.gov/coronavirus. Guidance from local VA medical facilities about their current operating status is available on each facility’s website, which can be found through VA’s facility locator tool: https://www.va.gov/find-locations. The impact COVID-19 has on daily routines may cause unanticipated stress on some veterans in crisis. In this time of social distancing, it is important to keep reaching out to those in need of someone to talk to. For veterans in crisis, help is available by:


    The House Committee on Veterans' Affairs is in daily communication with VA leadership and has put resource page for veterans here (https://veterans.house.gov/covid-19).
  • 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 closed on a week-to-week basis.  Operating with essential staff only.
  • All meetings are cancelled for council, boards and commissions.
  • In an effort to maintain continuity of government, Mayor Gattinelli has made available in the parking lot of the Municipal Building a drop box that residents may drop any payments or zoning and construction plans that need to be submitted while the building is closed to the public. This Dropbox will be checked daily by Municipal employees.
  • Due to the Governor's declaration prohibiting large gatherings the zoning board has cancelled the April 6th meeting.
  • 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

  • The Clerk's office will be closed, however, information 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. All library events have been cancelled until the end of April and book returns have been extended.  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

  • All youth sports are suspended indefinitely
  • Senior center and CAC building are closed indefinitely
  • Washington Lake Park will be closed until further notice. Park staff and law enforcement will continue routine patrols of the park. Please remember to practice social distancing.
  • Due to COVID-19, Beginning Saturday, March 21st, the Washington Township Municipal Golf Course will be closed until further notice.

Police Department

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

Construction Office

  • Please be advised and until further notice; Twp. Residents/Contractors/Developers – Due to the ongoing health crisis, Wash. Twp. Inspectors, construction official and zoning officer Joe Micucci will be on a rotational / half day work schedule. Expect delays in scheduling and performing  Certificate of Occupancy and construction inspections and issuing of all or any certificates and the processing of permits.  You can still contact Construction Official John DiStefano at (856) 589-0520 ext.215 and at  jdistefano@twp.washington.nj.us with any questions, and he will try to address all concerns as timely and as humanly possible,  considering the situation. Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation.
  • 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