Public Notice (Updated 7/20/20)
Governor Murphy recently released the guidelines on how schools and child care centers can reopen during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. These plans do not allow preschool and child care centers to allow any more than 10 children together.
Per the guidelines, “Centers shall minimize group sizes and movement between groups. Groupings shall not exceed 10 children, and interactions between groups must be limited. Staff shall be assigned to, and remain with one group. Groups shall congregate not less than 10 feet in all directions from other groups.”
These restrictions would severely limit the number of children we are currently able to serve due to the classroom configurations at both Point Ariel Park and the Rec Center. After reviewing Executive Order 149, the current requirements would not allow our preschool program to run without risk to the safety of the children, as well as the inability to offer the education our residents have come to expect from our program over the past 30 years. As a result, we have made a decision not to offer the preschool program in the fall. While this decision has not been an easy one and not one made lightly, we are hopeful that in the coming months, restrictions will be relaxed and we can resume our preschool programming for the winter session.
Governor Murphy is leading our State into Phase Two in an attempt to re-open our State while keeping COVID-19 at bay. New Jersey has lifted restrictions on all categories in the first phase and we are starting to return to life as we know it.
Gloucester Township Recreation Center’s Summer Camps utilize our local schools for camp locations. After careful review, Gloucester Township has decided to cancel our Summer Camps for 2020. This also includes the GTPD Junior Police Academy. The health and safety of our community, children and staff remain our utmost concern
As our Municipal building remains closed, the drive through window for taxes will still be open from 8:30am- 5:00 pm. In addition we will have a dropbox receptacle outside the entrance nearest to the drive-through window. The dropbox may be used for any township documents.
The Gloucester Township Municipal offices will still remain closed indefinitely until the health crisis is past us, in an effort to protect employees and the public and to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in the community.
Should you need any assistance while the below municipal offices are closed to the public, please reach out to the following contacts:
Mayor’s Office (email email@example.com, 856-374-3514)
Tax Collector (email Sandra Ferguson firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tax Assessor (email Chuck Palumbo email@example.com)
Finance (email Christie Ehret firstname.lastname@example.org)
Municipal Clerk (email Nancy Power GTClerk@glotwp.com)
Vital Statistics (email Renee Taylor email@example.com)
Community Development and Planning (email Kenneth Lechner firstname.lastname@example.org)
Construction (email Bernie Shepherd email@example.com)
Communications (email Regina Caristo firstname.lastname@example.org)
“As we go through these uncertain times together, I would like to take the time to thank all of our first responders who have been doing their best in protecting our community: Our Gloucester Township Police Department, six fire companies, and AMR EMS services, and also the utility workers. They are putting their own health and safety on the line every day to keep our residents safe and taking extra precautions to help curb the spread of COVID-19 in Gloucester Township. We are one strong and resilient community standing firm and getting through all of this together.
I would also like to thank the first responders and healthcare workers across the country that are standing on the front lines to support our nation’s response to COVID-19. We commend you for your bravery and dedication to your communities.
To all our residents: please follow the guidelines provided by professionals, stay safe, and stay healthy,” said Mayor David R. Mayer.
Please continue to monitor our websites for updated information:
Please continue to monitor Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html and https://glotwp.com/news/covid19/
Did you lose your job or have your hours reduced as a result of COVID-19? Visit the COVID-19 Jobs Portal: https://jobs.covid19.nj.gov/
The Black Horse Pike Regional School Districts’ Food Service Department will continue their meal distribution throughout the summer for Breakfast & Lunch meals. Hours of operation will remain unchanged: from 10:00 AM until Noon at the three high schools.
Our districts’ outstanding Food Services staff will be working Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Parents arriving at our schools will receive two days of food for each visit. Please refrigerate half the distribution for the second day’s consumption.
Until this crisis has ended, we remain committed to the students and families of Gloucester Township.
Important information and links:
- COVID-19 Information Hub, a new, visitor-friendly website available at https://covid19.nj.gov
- State Department of Health has established a 24-hour public hotline – 800-222-1222.
- Camden County has partnered with Touch New Jersey to bring FREE food distribution to those in need throughout Camden County every Friday at 11am. Find dates & more information here: https://glotwp.com/news/free-camden-county-food-distribution-fridays/
- Meals Available for Camden County Seniors in Need! If you or a senior you know needs meal assistance, please call (856) 374-MEAL or (856) 858-3220 to make arrangements. Healthy residents interested in volunteering should contact (856) 374-6396. More information:
- Report a concern: this includes reporting a fallen tree, a pothole, trash or recycling issue and more. Simply send a text message with the word “hello” to (856) 644-6414
- Pay Taxes/Sewer bills: You can mail in a check or pay online: Click here.
- Pay traffic tickets: Click here
- Forms: Residents can access and download a variety of community development forms online and then fax those forms to the department Click Here
- Monitor event changes and cancellations Click here
- Police matters:
– Police Emergency, please call 911;
– Police non-emergency, dial 856-228-4500
- Report Sewer Issues: please call 856-227-8666, payments can be made via regular mail or online at com
- Contact Mayor’s office, please email email@example.com
Additional Closures & Event/Activity Changes (Updated 7/2/20)
- Gloucester Township Playgrounds Open as of 7/2. Please maintain social distancing (6 ft apart), wash or sanitize hands after equipment use, and most importantly stay home if you feel sick to help keep our community safe.
- National Night Out has been postponed until October 6, 2020. Please continue to check our website and social media for updated information on this nationally recognized event.
- Municipal Court has been operating via Zoom. The Court will reach out to you for directions to log in. (please email Patricia Carroll firstname.lastname@example.org )
- Senior Services will be closed indefinitely, including Senior Bus Transportation
- Recreation Center will be closed. All programs are cancelled indefinitely (email Diane Jonesdianejones@glotwp.com, Bill Fagan email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org )
- Point Arial Park will be closed. All programs are cancelled indefinitely
- Gloucester Township Library will be closed indefinitely
- Mainstage Center for the Arts will be closed indefinitely– Please call (856) 302-6485 1pm-5pm, Mon-Thu; or email email@example.com
- After careful review, Gloucester Township has decided to cancel our Summer Camps for 2020. This also includes the GTPD Junior Police Academy. The health and safety of our community, children and staff remain our utmost concern.
- Gloucester Township Pool has been closed for the summer.
- Community Shred Day at Public Works Fall event is still scheduled for October 17th.
Gloucester Township Police Department and Department of Public Works will continue operations as usual.
Trash pick-up and recycling will continue to follow normal schedule.
IF YOU HAVE A POLICE EMERGENCY, PLEASE CALL 911.
If you have a police non-emergency that requires immediate police assistance, please call 856-228-4500
Residents are encouraged to monitor the Gloucester Township website as well as social media channels for further information and updates.
We apologize for any operational inconvenience as we continue to work with County, State, and Federal government on this national emergency situation.