Limits Being Raised on Indoor and Outdoor Activities

Posted by on Mar 12, 2021 in COVID-19

Written by: Ronald L. Perl

With more favorable infection numbers and the increasing number of vaccinated individuals, the Governor is raising the limits on indoor and outdoor gatherings as of Friday, March 19th.

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COVID-19 Guidance for Halloween in Community Associations

Posted by on Oct 29, 2020 in COVID-19

“Spooky scary skeletons
Send shivers down your spine
Shrieking skulls will shock your soul
Seal your doom tonight”

Like everything else, Halloween will look a little different in our community associations this year thanks to COVID-19. In response to the pandemic, both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) and the New Jersey Department of Health (“NJDOH”) have issued “Halloween Celebration Guidance” to be followed when trick or treating or just celebrating the season.

While most of this guidance, which includes social distancing, wearing a mask, washing hands frequently, etc., should not be new to anyone, there are some good suggestions for those who plan to either give or receive candy. And remember that your Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, or other costume masks are not acceptable substitutes – incorporate a cloth mask into your costume. Most importantly, have fun and stay safe!

For the full CDC guidance, click here.

For the full NJDOH guidance, click here.

For more information on this or any other issue concerning your community association, please contact one of our Community Associations attorneys. For breaking news or updates on new blog posts, follow us on Twitter at: @njcondolaw.

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Open Your Doors Carefully, Re-Opening The Clubhouse and Holding Indoor Events

Posted by on Jun 18, 2020 in COVID-19

 

Written by: Terry A. Kessler, Esq.

With Executive Order 152, issued on June 9, Governor Murphy has authorized larger numbers of people to congregate in certain areas and under specified conditions and so enables community associations to open their clubhouses and facilities and to hold both indoor and outdoor events. However, the order restricts the sizes of such gatherings and the proximity of attendees because congregating in large groups and remaining in close proximity increases the risk of transmitting COVID-19. These new regulations can be found here. While outdoor events also are permitted, this article addresses only indoor use/events. An association is not required to open the clubhouse but if it does, it must consider the following:

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Testing The Waters: Opening Pools In Community Associations

Posted by on Jun 11, 2020 in COVID-19

Written by: Caroline Record, Esq.

On June 8, 2020, Governor Murphy announced that all municipal and private club pools, including pools in community associations, would be permitted to open on June 22, 2020 in accordance with specific regulations to be published by the New Jersey Department of Health. Those regulations were published in the wee hours of June 10, 2020 and can be found here. If a community association board decides to open the pool in the community this summer, below are some of the requirements that must be observed and enforced:

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Sample Notice to Residents

Posted by on May 15, 2020 in COVID-19

Following is a sample letter to residents, where disclosure of identity has not been authorized. It should be modified appropriately if the ill person is a vendor or a member of the staff.

Dear Residents:

The Board of Trustees/Directors of ____________ Association has been notified that a resident or vendor of the community has tested positive for the coronavirus, COVID-19.

The resident is quarantined in the resident’s home.

All efforts have been and will continue to be made to maximize the safety of our residents, visitors and staff.

To comply with relevant privacy concerns, we are not permitted to disclose the identity of the resident. We also ask that you not distribute any rumors or guesses regarding any ill resident on social media.

This notice serves as an official notification of this occurrence. We urge all residents to follow the recommendations of the public health authorities such as the CDC, available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/

On behalf of the Board and Management, we send wishes of a speedy recovery to our neighbors who are ill and appreciate their notifying us of their situations. We also appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding during this difficult time.

Please let Management know if you have questions or concerns.

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Elections

Posted by on May 7, 2020 in COVID-19, Elections/Voting

If your association’s annual election is approaching, you likely have questions about how the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting governmental restrictions will affect your ability to hold your election. Should we reschedule the election? What if we have already sent out the request for nominations? What if there are no more candidates than there are open seats? What if we’ve already sent out the ballots? The answer is…it depends.

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