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Important Local Linden COVID-19 Updates

The following is COVID-19 related information that was previously found on the live Google Doc. Going forward, this post will contain local updates.

  • Linden has suspended bulk trash pick-up, City-wide. Bulk trash drop off is available at Linden DPW, 700 Lower Road, Monday-Saturday from 8am-2pm. 
  • If you are out of work due to COVID-19,  you can apply for unemployment online, if you are eligible. 908-474-8665
  • NJ Transit rail lines are working on their weekend schedule until further notice, buses will follow the daily schedule.
  • For those residents who cannot make their rental/mortgage payments because of being out of work please note that you cannot be evicted or foreclosed upon. However, your landlord and or mortgage company/bank can start the proceedings but cannot enforce eviction or foreclosure until 60 days after the Executive Order by the Governor has been lifted.
  • Alternate Street Side Parking is Suspended.
  • The United Chinese Americans Association of New Jersey donated facial masks to the City of Linden.

What’s closed to the public in Linden and how do I reach them by phone?

  • Linden City Hall – 908-474-8493 
  • Union County Offices – 908-527-4787
  • Linden DPW has suspended Sewer Maintenance.
  • Linden School District has implemented a Grab and Go Program for students who need lunch. This program is for all school age children. Although we have offered several of our recreation buildings for distribution for the convenience of some neighborhoods, the district declined. Therefore, lunches can be picked up at the Linden High School on the Ainsworth St side, gym entrance, School #2 on the West 17th St side and School #5 on the East Curtis St side, rear door.
  • Linden Municipal Court 908-474-8423
  • Linden Welfare Office – 908-474-8620
  • Linden Public Library
  • Linden Multi-Purpose Center
  • Linden PAL
  • John T. Gregorio Recreation Center seniors who receive Meals on Wheels receive at-home delivery.

What’s exempt from closure and/or open?

  • Daycare Centers for First Responders (EO 110) as of April 1, 2020
  • Supermarkets
  • Pharmacies
  • Gas Stations
  • Liquor stores (must be closed by 8pm)
  • Restaurants and Bars – Take Out /Delivery Service Only. 
  • Linden & Union County Parks are open; however, all playground equipment cannot be used.
  • Mobile Phone Repair Retail Stores – now deemed essential. 
  • Bike Shops for Repair Only – now deemed essential. 
  • Nursery and Garden Centers – now deemed essential. 

Do Your Part

  • Seniors Who Are Shut In – call the Mayor’s office at 908-474-8493.
  • Report price gouging to the Weights & Measures Division of the County Consumer Affairs Department by email or by phone at 908-527-4787.
  • As per the Governor, please stay home between the hours of 8pm and 5am unless you must be out.

Corona Testing Site Information

The following is testing site information that was previously found on the live Google Doc. Going forward, this post will contain testing site related updates.

Holmdel PNC Bank Arts Center

Open to those who live within 50-mile radius of the site. This site and the Bergen County Community College site (below) are alternating the days upon which they operate. 

Bergen County Community College

Open to those who live within 50-mile radius of the site. This site and the Holmdel PNC Bank Arts Center site (above) are alternating the days upon which they operate. 

Kean University on Morris Avenue in Union

Open to Union County Residents and First Responders who work in Union County, with a prescription through your doctor and by appointment only. They are also open to First Responders in Union County. M-F, 9am – 5pm. Up to 72 hours for test results. Please make sure you have a Doctor’s Prescription on a Doctor’s Prescription Pad. This testing site will not accept a lab requisition form. The procedure to follow to set up an appointment is to send an email with your name, address, phone number, email address, date of birth and a photo of your prescription. You may then directly go to the Union County Drive-Thru Center for COVID-19 at Kean University. 

You must have proof of NJ Residency IDs when visiting testing sites, and you must present symptoms or be in the At-Risk categories, such as an underlying medical condition – Heart Disease, Lung Condition, Diabetes, HIV, Asthma, if you are 65 years & older or pregnant. Union County residents with COVID-19 symptoms who wish to be tested should call 908-214-7107. First Responders and front-line health workers may also call 908-373-5105.

COVID-19 Related Legislation

The following is relevant COVID-19 related legislation that was previously found on the live Google Doc. Going forward, this post will contain updates with new information.

  • Schools will stay closed until at least Friday, May 15th 2020. 
  • The Governor’s “The Stay at Home Order” Executive Order states that if you do not need to go out, then please stay home. If you have to leave your home, then please practice the 6-foot social distancing directive.
  • All non-essential businesses are now closed, which include (but are not limited to) restaurants, bars, theaters, hair salons, spas, nail parlors, tattoo parlors malls, aquariums, museums (and in Union County, Adult Daycare Centers). Restaurants located in a mall with an outside separate entrance are able to provide pick-up service for ordered meals.
  • Call 211 for updates or text your Zip Code to 898211 and updates will be sent to your phone. 
  • Deadlines for the following have been extended: 
    • OPRA requests
    • Building permits 
    • City budget 
    • NJ State’s deadline to file income tax extended to July 15, 2020.
  • $15 million was approved to assist food banks.
  • Public bodies can now meet electronically and give electronic involvement to the public through email, video, etc.
  • Expanding technology for Board of Educations and students in addition to other school related legislation.
  • School districts will be credited 180 days for virtual learning.
  • A bill regarding employee paid time off so they won’t use sick/vacation time.
  • Governor Murphy announced that decisions regarding the reopening of schools in New Jersey  will not be made until April 17th at the earliest.
  • The NJ Homestead Rebate for residential owned homes is rescinded for 2020.