Borough Hall takes steps to curb COVID Delta variant risk

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MANTOLOKING— In an Aug. 26 message from the mayor, which can be found on the Borough’s website, Mayor Lance White announced that extra steps will be taken in Borough Hall to limit the spread of Covid-19. 

Inside Borough Hall, staff and visitors will be required to have their temperature taken at the door. Also, face masks will be required when in a labeled public and common space. Hand-sanitizer, gloves and masks can be found inside the borough hall as well. Social distancing will also return. 

“Please use the social distancing techniques with which we have, unfortunately, become very familiar,” the mayor’s statement reads. “The battle to defeat this pandemic is not over and now is the time for us to be resolute and determined moving forward.”  

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According to the mayor, who tested positive for Covid-19 last month, and was fully vaccinated, these precautions are being put in place in response to the rise in Covid cases across Ocean County and New Jersey. 

“If the numbers get worse, we may have to tighten down policies,” Mayor White told The Ocean Star. “And vise-versa if they get better… we’re just preparing and waiting for guidance.” 

Mayor White says the policies will remain in place until further notice. 

COVID NUMBERS

According to the Ocean County Department of Health, there are approximately 29 Covid cases in Mantoloking as of Sept. 7, 2021, which is about 7 percent of the borough’s population. Ocean County has approximately 72,419 reported Covid cases, which is almost 12 percent of the county’s population. 

According to the U.S Department of Health, there has been a 33 percent increase in reported Covid cases in the last two weeks. 

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