Indoor mask mandate in southern Brunswick, schools go virtual

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – As a COVID-19 case in the township peak, South Brunswick issued an indoor mask warrant effective Friday, December 31, the township announced on Friday evening. The South Brunswick School District will operate remotely for the next two weeks, Jan. 3-14.

In the past 24 hours, health officials have seen an increase in COVID-19 cases in the township. From December 20 to 30, the number of cases increased dramatically, by nearly 400%, health officials said. The mandate will be in effect until January 31 at 11:59 p.m.

Mayor Charlie Carley signed the executive order requiring masks to be worn indoors to mitigate and combat the spread of COVID-19, starting on New Years Eve.

Masks will be required in all areas of indoor public accommodation in southern Brunswick, including, but not limited to:

  • Government facilities
  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • Gyms
  • Dance studios
  • Recreation facilities
  • Retail stores
  • Coffees
  • Supermarkets
  • Places of worship
  • Commercial establishments
  • Trade fairs
  • Hair salons
  • Banks
  • Health care facilities
  • Hotels

Residents, visitors and patrons of the above public facilities must wear a face shield at all times, except:

  • When you actively eat or drink
  • When socially separated at least 6 feet from all others for an extended period of time, such as in an office when sitting at desks, during a performance to an audience, or at worship services.

Children under three are exempt from the above requirements.
We believe that this safety directive is already widely respected throughout the canton.

Schools go remotely:

On the evening of Friday, December 31, School Superintendent Scott Feder told parents and guardians that the district was becoming remote for two weeks, “due to an exponential growth in the community spread of COVID-19 as well as of an anticipated staff shortage due to COVID exclusions. “

Feder said the decision was made after consulting with the Emergency Management Office (OEM) and local and district doctors.

“A decision of this magnitude was not easy and was the result of collaboration between the
district, the health ministry, the county executive office, the DOE and local health officials, ”Feder said.
“The spread of the community has increased by 400% in the last 10 days and our staffing issues
continues to grow as more people are quarantined for exposure or testing positive. In no
was this what we wanted to see happen, but as we maintain since March 11, 2020,
the safety of our students, staff and the community will always be the priority. “

During the week of January 10, Feder said he would contact the community to confirm times.

Many school districts across the state have gone virtual as cases of COVID-19 increase.

New Jersey reported another record-breaking day on Thursday, December 30, with 27,975 positive cases and 34 deaths in a single day.

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