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Jul 2021

NJ Formally Ends Its COVID-19 Health Emergency

On June 4. 2021, New Jersey formally ended its COVID-19 public health emergency. Governor Murphy lifted several remaining indoor-gathering limits and other pandemic-era restrictions, including approximately 100 executive orders aimed at curbing the spread of the virus enacted since March 2020. Those orders gave Governor Murphy sweeping powers to mandate mask use and require social distancing. Once lifted, it was easy to imagine our State breathing one huge sigh of relief at the news, as we all hope of returning to some level of normal life again.
The "lifting of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency is a clear and decisive step on the path toward normalcy," Murphy said at the June 4, 2021 press conference. "The past 15 months have been a challenge, and I thank every New Jerseyan who stayed home, masked up, took precautions to keep this virus in check, and got vaccinated for allowing us to get to this point."
About 14 other orders were left in place, related mostly to economic protections established during the pandemic, including the moratorium on evictions and utility shut-offs as well as a ban on garnishment of stimulus checks. Several other stale Department of Health orders governing vaccinations and testing were also extended until Jan. 11, 2022.
Speaking of a return to normalish life, many of our neighboring communities, including SRPW, are making preparations to open clubhouses and community pools. At least one neighboring community has already opened its pool. Our pool should be open by July 4, 2021 in addition to other outside activities at the club house. Details of the club house reopening are still being worked out as of this writing. Nonetheless, the excitement about reopening SRPW is palpable. 
There is still time to get vaccinated if you have not done so already. If not, do not forget to keep masking and social distancing when around others. Better to be safe than sorry.
Best regards,
Dawn DeWeil


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