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Message from the Mayor:

Issued: 4/10/2020 at 9:00AM

Dear Residents,

It’s been over three weeks since I first communicated to you that we were closing RiverWinds Community Center on March 13th. Since then we have given many updates on precautions taken and mandates made by our Governor to prevent and limit the spread of COVID-19.

Today I announce to you that effective April 9, 2020, all park areas located in West Deptford Township have been Closed. This includes RiverWinds Point, West Deptford Park and the Nature Trail.

As Mayor, I recognize that this may be an inconvenience to many of our residents as West Deptford takes pride in recreational options within our town and RiverWinds makes us particularly unique. However, please understand that this decision was not taken lightly and is in the best interest of public health and safety aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19.

Many of you have inquired on why we took such immediate action. On April 7, 2020, Governor Murphy issued Executive Order No. 118. The Order closed all State and County parks and delegated the decision for closure of local parks to the local municipality.

The Township’s Office of Emergency Management in cooperation with our West Deptford Police Chief assessed if/how this new order would affect us at the local level. They observed that the Township’s RiverWinds park area had seen a steady influx of people using our park areas. They noted that there was a mix of both residents and non-residents, as evidenced by the many out of state vehicles. While many visitors do adhere to social distancing and all CDC recommendations, there are others who choose not to follow same. They saw a very large influx of people on April 8th after Executive Order No. 118 was issued, and believed this would continue to increase now that State and County parks would be unavailable.

These are trying times for all of us and I remain optimistic that if we all work together, we can flatten the curve and return to enjoying our beautiful parks and recreational areas that make West Deptford a great place to call home.

Stay safe!

Kindest Regards,

Mayor Denice DiCarlo

Issued: 3/22/2020 at 6:00PM

Updated Message from the Mayor regarding COVID-19:

All Township services are continuing to operate with select modifications as listed in the News and Events section of our website.  (Buildings closed to the public, municipal court cancelled, temporary procedures for building and residential permits and CO’s, and modification to brush pick up.)

Yesterday Governor Murphy issued two executive orders.  This message is a summary of those orders for your convenience with a reminder that the full executive orders and all current information regarding COVID-19 can be found at the State’s COVID-19 Information Hub at https://covid19.nj.gov/.

Executive Order #108 - This Order invalidates all county and municipal restrictions imposed in response to COVID-19 that conflict in any way with the provisions of Executive Order No. 107.

Executive Order #107 - This order revokes all prior mitigation executive orders, and incorporates or modifies their provisions as described below.

 “Stay at home” order:  All residents are to stay at home or at their place of residence unless they are leaving for the following reasons:

1) Obtaining goods or services from essential retail businesses;

2) Obtaining takeout or food beverages from restaurants;

3) Seeking medical attention, essential social services, or assistance from law enforcement;

4) Visiting family or close friends, caretakers, or romantic partners;

5) Reporting to or performing their job;

6) Walking, running, or engaging in outdoor activities with immediate family, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners;

7) Leaving for an educational, religious, or political reason;

8) Leaving because of a reasonable fear for health or safety; or

9) Leaving at the direction of law enforcement or other government agency.

Individuals who have to travel must practice social distancing when possible and should use public transportation only if they have no other feasible choice.

Cancelling gatherings:  Gatherings of individuals, such as parties, celebrations, or other social events, are cancelled, unless otherwise authorized by the Order (i.e. the activities mentioned above). Through a separate Administrative Order, the Colonel of NJSP will make clear that gatherings of fewer than 10 people are presumed to comply with the Order, unless clear evidence indicates otherwise. Colonel Callahan will have the ability to adjust that number and that rule according to circumstances and facts on the ground.

Closing non-essential retail businesses:  All non-essential retail businesses, which were previously limited to between 5 am and 8 pm, must now close entirely (online delivery can continue).  The list of essential retail businesses that can stay open is limited to the following (Colonel Callahan has authority to amend the list):

1) Grocery and food stores, including retailers like Walmart/Target that sell food;

2) Pharmacies and medical marijuana dispensaries;

3) Medical supply stores;

4) Gas stations;

5) Convenience stores;

6) Ancillary stores within healthcare facilities;

7) Hardware and home improvement stores;

8) Banks and other financial institutions;

10) Laundromats/dry-cleaning services;

11) Stores that principally sell supplies for children under five years old;

12) Pet stores;

13) Liquor stores;

14) Car dealerships, but only for auto maintenance and repair, and auto mechanics;

15) Printing and office supply shops;

16) Mail and delivery stores.

Mandatory telework/work-from-home:  All businesses or non-profits in the State must accommodate their workforce, wherever practicable, for telework or work-from-home arrangements.  If a business or nonprofit has employees that must be on site, it shall reduce staff on site to the minimal number necessary to ensure critical operations can continue.  Examples of employees who need to be present at their work site include:  law enforcement officers, fire fighters, and other first responders, cashiers or store clerks, construction workers, utility workers, repair workers, warehouse workers, lab researchers, information technology maintenance workers, janitorial and custodial staff, and certain administrative staff.

Recreational and entertainment businesses:  All are closed.  This is unchanged from what is currently in place but the order reiterates these prohibitions.

Restaurants and other dining establishments:  All can remain open, but must continue to be delivery and/or takeout only.  This is also unchanged.

Pre-K, K-12, and higher education:  All continue to be closed to students.  This is unchanged as well.

Blanket exceptions:  Nothing in the order shall be construed to affect the operations of (1) health care or medical service providers; (2) access to essential services for low-income residents, including but not limited to food banks; (3) the media; (4) law enforcement; and (5) the operations of the federal government or the movement of federal officials when operating in their official capacity.

Timing:  The order will go into effect at 9PM March 21, 2020 (to accommodate the end of the sabbath). It will stay in effect until the Governor revokes or modifies it.

For any emergency assistance needed, please call 9-1-1, all non-emergent police assistance should call 856-845-2300.

Please continue to visit our website News and Events section for updates and important information.

Our top priority is the health and safety of you and your families. Thank you for your understanding as we navigate this unprecedented time.

Stay healthy and be safe.


Denice DiCarlo
Mayor, West Deptford Township

Issued: 3/19/2020 at 11:00 AM

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