Out of the abundance of caution and to help curtail the possibility of community spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Borough of Bergenfield will be implementing the following procedures effective the Close of Business on Friday, March 13.
MUNICIPAL OFFICES & FACILITIES
Municipal Offices- Physical public access to all municipal offices (including Borough Hall, and the Public Works Office) will be suspended through at least Sunday, March 29.
- The public lobby of the Municipal Building will be open to the public weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for access to the Tax Collector’s drop box. No loitering shall occur in or around this lobby.
- All offices are open and Municipal Staff will be available during this time to answer questions and concerns from the public via telephone and email, however no in-office visitation will be permitted for the duration without a scheduled appointment.
- All residents and property owners are encouraged to utilize our online payment options for taxes.
- The Bergenfield Municipal Court session scheduled for Wednesday, March 18 and Wednesday march 25th have been cancelled and all cases will be rescheduled. For more information, please call (201) 387-4055, ext. 2.
- Emergent matters of the Police Records window (such as alarm permits, dumpster applications and request for discovery) will be handled at the Police Department Dispatch window. Residents are advised to call the Police Record Room (201) 387- 4000 in advance by phone and a mutual schedule time for pick up will be provided to you.
Building Department & Fire Prevention Bureau - Permit application drop off and pick up will be available by appointment only. Please call (201) 387-4055 ext. 4 to arrange an appointment.
- Telephone screening for symptoms of COVID-19 prior to all appointments and inspections will be occurring.
- The Borough will be erring on the side of caution and the inspectors will be using discretion when entering dwellings and interacting with individuals. Only essential contractors, homeowners, or authorized representatives necessary for the completion of any inspection shall be on site during such inspection in an effort to limit unnecessary contact.
- All non-essential inspections by the Building Department and Fire Prevention Bureau are suspended through March 29.
- Residential Smoke, Carbon Monoxide, and Fire Extinguisher inspections for resale and rental of residential dwellings for Closings scheduled on or after April 2 will not be scheduled until April 10th.
- Any Residential Smoke, Carbon Monoxide, and Fire Extinguisher inspections for resale and rental of residential dwellings for Closings scheduled before April 2 will occur, however; only one realtor, homeowner, or authorized representative shall be on site during such inspection in an effort to limit unnecessary contact.
Department of Public Works – Physical public access to the Public Works Office will be suspended through at least Sunday, March 29.
- All offices are open and Municipal Staff will be available during this time to answer questions and concerns from the public via telephone and email, however no in office visitation will be permitted for the duration without a scheduled appointment.
- Permit application drop off and pick up will be available by appointment only. Please call (201) 387-4055 ext. 3 to arrange an appointment.
- The recycling center will hours will remain in effect as scheduled.
- All other DPW operations such as trash and recycling will in remain in effect as well
Recreation – All Recreation facilities are closed until March 29th.
- All organized sanctioned recreation activities such as basketball, baseball, softball, soccer is suspended through March 29.
- For appointments with Recreation, please call Recreation Director Ed Volmer at 201-387-4055 ext. 9
Bergenfield Public Library
- The Bergenfield Public Library will be closed tentatively until Monday, April, 6th.
- You may still return items in our bookdrop located at the Library.
- There will be no fines on Bergenfield items during this time.
Senior Transport & Medical Transport
All routes of the Senior Transport Van are suspended through at least Monday March 30th.
- All Boards (Planning & Zoning) and Committee meetings are cancelled through March 31st.
- The Borough Mayor & Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 17th, will be held as scheduled.
- Due to the spread of the Coronavirus and to protect our residents and employees, the Borough is requesting that attendance at the meeting be limited to those with an urgent need to attend. Accordingly, no large presentations or proclamations will be given until this situation is further clarified.
- Overnight Parking will be suspended through March 30th . Please comply with all other parking statutes and ordinances, as they will remain in effect and will be strictly enforced. Any parking-related questions can be directed to the Bergenfield Police Department at (201) 387-4000.
All information provided is subject to change as this pandemic evolves. Residents are advised to monitor the Borough’s website and online social media for updates. While we realize that changing normal routines, cancelling events and not seeing friends can be disruptive and upsetting, we are taking CDC recommendations very seriously and urge you to do the same.
The Borough understands the public’s concerns about COVID-19 and the Health Department is working closely with the NJDOH and the CDC to monitor and respond to the situation.
The Health Department reminds the public to practice proper hygiene:
- Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after you cough or sneeze
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, and remember to throw the tissue into the trash
- Avoid close contact with sick people
- Stay home if you are sick
The CDC has identified older adults and people who have severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung, or kidney disease are at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness. According to the CDC, early data suggest older people are twice as likely to have serious COVID-19 illness.
That is why the CDC recommends that people at higher risk follow the measures cited below:
- Stay at home as much as possible
- Stock up on supplies, food, and prescriptions.
- Take advantage of the many delivery options in our community.
- When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact, and wash your hands often.
Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others.
- Avoid crowds as much as possible.
- Avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
- We are committed to staying connected to our older residents during this health emergency and have taken the steps to make regular calls to our most vulnerable seniors at home. We will also stay in contact with regular updates via phone or email.
Symptoms to monitor include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you experience any symptoms, please contact your medical care provider.
We strongly urge all residents to take all necessary precautions to prevent the community spread of COVID-19. We cannot over emphasize the importance of limiting social contact while the Borough and the School District restrictions are in place. Taking the necessary precautions and remaining mindful of restricting person-to-person contact should be foremost in our day-to-day lives for the time being.