COVID-19

Coronavirus Messages from Mayor Brennan

April 7, 2020 - The pandemic of coronavirus is causing disruption to the lives of people throughout the world and Merchantville is no different. I want to assure the residents of Merchantville that throughout this pandemic, the Borough is committed to and has put into place certain contingencies to ensure the continued provision of essential services to the community including police, fire and other first responders, along with public works and other essential services. We are working with our partners at the County, State and Federal levels on contingency planning to obtain resources and to implement effective planning. Residents should rest assured that those services will continue, and residents can expect the same exceptional service and response from those essential services during this unprecedented time. Residents are also reminded that our community is built upon our relationships and now is a time to show courage and calm, avoid panic and care for ourselves and our neighbors by taking measured actions such as social distancing. 

Coronavirus Message from Mayor Brennan - March 13, 2020

Closure of Borough Facilities to the Public - March 15, 2020

Additional Closures and Actions - March 19, 2020

Letter to the Business Community - March 21, 2020

Small Business Resources - March 21, 2020

Help Our Business Community - March 21, 2020

A Message to the Community - March 30, 2020

Mayor's Covid-19 Message - April 6, 2020

Borough Park Closures and Additional Actions - April 7, 2020

Expanded Mask Wearing Ordered

On July 8th, Gov. Phil Murphy signed a new executive order mandating people wear a face covering outdoors in public when social distancing is difficult. New Jersey has required people since early April to wear a mask at indoor public places, such as stores, eateries, and government buildings. This order broadens current orders to include outdoor places. The order mandates that you wear a mask if you’re in an outdoor setting with large gatherings and…
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Dine-In Delay Shutters Park Place

On Monday, June 30th, Park Place Café & Restaurant owner, Phil Manganaro, posted a message on it's Facebook page personally thanking everyone for their support over their 3 years in town, especially the support of old and new friends at the Drive Thru. It really helped carry Park Place through a tough time and was truly appreciated. "I chose to close the Drive Thru and bring a dining situation so unique and exclusive on its…
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Tavern ReOpening

The Blue Monkey Tavern is officially opening for outdoor dining this Friday, June 26th. Our new hours will be Wednesday through Sunday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Reservations will be accepted over the phone only. To make a reservation please call us at 856-661-8008 beginning at noon. We are excited to reopen and appreciate your patience as we adjust to these new systems. We took this opportunity to make some menu changes. Be sure…
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MEA Farewell Drive-By

The Merchantville Education Association would like to invite students, parents and the community to Merchantville School’s end of year drive-by parade. This parade is to honor and celebrate three of our fabulous teachers - Mrs. Fields, Mrs. Batterman and Mrs. Gandy - who are retiring this year and to give them the proper sendoff they deserve! The parade is also an opportunity for students and staff to wave good-bye before summer vacation begins. The parade…
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Retail Co-Op Reopens

On Friday, June 5th, Ryan's Retail, at 22 North Centre Street, held a Grand Reopening to celebrate resumption of business beginning June 10th, when their hours will be Wednesday through Saturday from 10-6 p.m.. Customers were able to peruse and purchase lots of new products like snow peas, bunching onions and fresh herbs from Black Sheep Farm, spa sets by Bear Soaps, fresh chicken and duck eggs from Farm Fresh Butt Nuggets, knitted goods from …

Caring, Generosity for First Responders

The Merchantville Fire Department and Police Department want our community to know how much they appreciate the generosity shown by the individuals and businesses they protect. This past week they offered Facebook "shout-outs" for the PPE provided by Cindy Zimmerman and the Camden City School Nurses who sewed face masks for the patrol division and, the New Jersey Young Democrat Labor Caucus donated KN95 masks to the fire department. Last week Flying Crust Pizza &…
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County Covid-19 Reports

Beginning May 23rd, Camden County is no longer announcing new cases and deaths related to Covid-19 on weekends or holidays. All weekend cases and deaths will be announced on the next business day and will be properly attributed to the day they were received. As of Friday, May 29th, Merchantville had 44 confirmed cases of coronavirus and the Camden County Department of Health (DOH) announced 59 additional confirmed cases of the disease. This brings the…
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Murphy Adjusts School Aid

Revised state aid figures for New Jersey public schools were issued Thursday evening by the state Department of Education, detailing how $335 million in funding promised in February will disappear due to the financial crunch brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. According to published revisions, Merchantville will lose $454,037, a decrease of 2.9% in anticipated school aid of $3,507,011 for the 2020-21 School Year. Districts experiencing losses will lose just as much as expected. Those…
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MES Meals Continue

Merchantville School is committed to providing food to the students of Merchantville and this process will continue to be available on Mondays while the building closure is in effect. Grab and go breakfast and lunches for the week were distributed on Tuesday, May 26th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm., because school was closed on Memorial Day. To pick-up meals students should use the door by the playground to enter the building. This service is…
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How We Measure Up

As New Jersey raises the limit on outdoor gatherings ahead of Memorial Day Weekend and, beaches and more recreational businesses are allowed to reopen, it's important for residents to realize where our community stands in terms of Covid-19 spread. There have been 42 confirmed cases in Merchantville between 3/28 - 5/22 so, as we all look forward to gathering with family and neighbors at Memorial Day outings please be personally responsible and protect yourself and…
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Face Masks Greatly Curb Spread

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention initially discouraged people from wearing face masks unless they had COVID-19 and were showing symptoms but, that guidance changed on April 3rd, after studies found that the virus can be spread by asymptomatic individuals, or before symptoms start to show. Now, the CDC recommends that nearly everyone wear a facial covering in public and in areas where social distancing isn’t possible. There are numerous studies that suggest if…
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Mask Up

Merchantville encourages everyone in our community to protect themselves and others from COVID-19 by masking up. NJ DEP (Department of Environmental Protection) has launched a public awareness campaign that strongly encourages the public to "mask up" and keep their mouths and noses covered when visiting the state's parks, beaches, forests and other open spaces, especially where it is difficult to maintain a 6-foot distance from others. This Dropbox link contains print and social media downloads…
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U Can Pick Safely

U-Pick farm operations offer an opportunity for customers to purchase local fresh fruits and vegetables. Customers need to understand that picking produce at farms is about obtaining food at this time and should not be used to as an event destination or a family gathering. Farmers must follow the New Jersey Executive Orders that are specific to essential retail businesses. Each farm is unique and there are no one size fits all answers to providing…
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NJ Stage 1 Reopening Announced

Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday outlined a multi-stage reopening plan for businesses, offices and activities ordered closed to slow the coronavirus outbreak. it's intended to execute a responsible and strategic economic restart to put New Jersey on the road back to recovery from COVID-19. The state has entered “Stage 1”, which allows for relaxed restrictions on low-risk activities, like enjoying parks, beaches and lakefronts, but calls for residents to “stay at home as much as…
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