Update from the Florham Park Chief of Police

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Joseph Orlando
Chief of Police / Deputy OEM Coordinator

FLORHAM PARK — I was hoping to have more guidance from the State this weekend regarding additional openings and loosening of restrictions, which is why I waited to draft this message, unfortunately, the only information we received was the signing of Executive Order 149, which the Governor spoke about on Friday.

Some of the important nuances to the Executive Order are as follows:

  • Day Cares and Youth Day/Summer Camps, which can open June 15 and July 6 respectively, must sign an attestation confirming their commitment to abide by all health and safety standards established by the Departments of Human Services and Department of Children and Families, Executive Orders and all other regulations.
  • Residential and overnight camps are prohibited.
  • Organized Sports – Effective June 22, 2020, sporting activities, including organized sporting activities, are permitted in outdoor settings only, provided that they do not involve person-to-person contact or routinely entail individuals interacting within six feet of one another.  Any sporting activities that involve person-to-person contact or individuals routinely interacting in close proximity (within six feet of one another) will remain prohibited in any setting.

The Commissioner of the Department of Health shall impose health and safety standards regarding sporting activities before that date, and such activities must comply with all applicable laws, regulations, and Executive Orders, including restrictions on gatherings in place at the time the sporting activities occur.

High school sporting activities under the jurisdiction of the NJSIAA may resume in accordance with reopening protocols issued by NJSIAA, which shall consider DOH guidance in issuing these protocols. However, these high school sporting activities cannot resume any earlier than June 30, 2020.

The State OEM Coordinator, who is the Colonel of the State Police, issued Administrative Order 2020-14, which authorizes Horse Racing to resume activities within the State today.  Spectators are prohibited from attending at this time.

The Drive-In movie tomorrow night, hosted by the Rec Department and Florham Park PBA, is filled to capacity.  Please remember vehicle gatherings such as this must adhere to the Executive Orders for the event to continue.  All occupants must remain within their respective vehicle with windows, sunroofs and convertible tops closed.  The only exception to these requirements is if vehicles are six feet or more distance from each other.  Officers will be on scene to ensure the event does not violate any existing orders.  Please help us make this an enjoyable event for everyone.

We have received a number of requests from residents regarding child car seat installations.  Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 protocols, we are not conducting these inspections/installations at this time; however, residents can use the link below for virtual inspections and instructions. Click here

Lastly, I would like to address the civil unrest occurring throughout the Country.  The Florham Park Police Department is committed to the highest level of standards, as an accredited law enforcement agency, utilizing best police practices as indicated by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.  We respect the rights of all citizens and visitors to our Borough and commit ourselves to the ethical and compassionate treatment of everyone.  We stand prepared, in a coordinated effort, with our County partners to address any civil unrest peacefully within the Borough.  Thank you all for your continued support of our agency and officers.

Stay safe and well!!

Joseph Orlando
Chief of Police / Deputy OEM Coordinator
June 1, 2020