Universal School Mask Mandate

The universal school mask mandate will be lifted on March 7, 2002. 

Governor Murphy announced that masks and facial coverings will no longer be mandated for students, staff, or visitors in schools and childcare centers, effective March 7, 2022. 

Please note, school districts and childcare facilities can continue to implement universal masking policies after the mandate is lifted in March. Schools that do not impose universal masking should revise their COVID policies to utilize masking among other prevention strategies under certain circumstances. Schools will not be permitted to bar the use of facial covering by individuals and will be expected to take disciplinary action in instances of bullying, should they arise due to an individual's choice to continue wearing a mask. 

For more information click here to visit NJ COVID Information Hub.

Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds

The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds deliver $350 billion for state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments to respond to the COVID-10 emergency and lead a strong resilient, and equitable recovery.

On January 6, 2022, Treasury released a Final Rule governing eligible and ineligible uses of funds. The Final Rule provides greater flexibility regarding the use of funds than the Interim Final Rule did. While the Final Rule does not take effect until April 1, 2022, recipients can choose to take advantage of the Final Rule's flexibilities and simplifications now, even ahead of the effective date.

The American Rescue Plan provides 4 major categories of eligible uses to tackle the broad range of public health and economic challenges caused or exacerbated by the COVID-19 emergency. 

  1. Public Sector Revenues: Providing government services up to the amount of revenue loss due to the pandemic.
    • Recipients may use these funds to provide government services, up to the amount of revenue loss experienced from the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  2. Public Health & Economic Response: Responding to COVID-19's public health impact, along with its economic harms. 
    • Recipients may use these funds to respond to a broad range of public health and economic impacts of the pandemic for households, communities, businesses, and the public sector. Six eligible use categories exist:
      • Public health impacts: recipients may use funds to support their COVID-19 public health response.
      • Households: recipients may use these funds to respond to the negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on households and communities. (Food assistance, re-employment, cash assistance, rent, mortgage, etc.)
      • Small businesses: recipients may use funds to respond to the negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on small businesses.
      • Non-Profits: recipients may use funds to respond to the negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on non-profits.
      • Impacted industries: recipients may use funds to provide aid to impacted industries.
      • Public sector capacity and workforce: recipients may use funds to restore and bolster public sector capacity. 
    • In addition to these six categories, recipients may use funds to invest in eligible uses beyond those specifically listed by Treasury. To do so, recipients should (1) identify a COVID-19 public health or economic impact and then (2) design a response to address the identified impact that is related and proportional to the harm identified.
  3. Premium Pay for Essential Workers: Offering additional support to workers who bear the greatest health risks because of their service in critical sectors.
    • Recipients may use this funding to provide premium pay to eligible workers performing essential work, either in public sector roles or through grants to third-party employers. 
  4. Water, Sewer & Broadband Infrastructure: Providing funding to critical water and sewer projects, along with high-speed broadband infrastructure. 
    • Recipients may use these funds to make a broad range of necessary investments in water and sewer infrastructure. 
    • Recipients may also use these funds to make a broad range of necessary investments in broadband infrastructure, on order to meet access, affordability, and other challenges. 

​​​​​For updates from the Sussex County Health Department, and to view the weekly reports, please visit https://www.sussex.nj.us/cn/news/index.cfm?NID=50903&jump2=0


Public health recommendations
• Wear a cloth face covering when in public (both indoors and outdoors).
• Practice social distancing (keep a 6 feet space between you and others).
• Follow good respiratory hygiene recommendations.
• Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve, not your hands.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
• Stay home if you are sick and avoid sick people.
• Review and follow CDC travel advisories when planning travel. If you become ill after returning home to the United States, call your healthcare provider before going to a doctor’s office or emergency department of a hospital. Wear a face covering/mask on entering the building to protect other people.

• Stay up to date about COVID-19. If you have COVID-19 questions call 211, 1-800-826-1253, or visit the website at covid19.nj.gov


At home test kits now available to those who qualify on the State site towards the bottom is a link to an At-Home Testing kit.
https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/testing 


New Jersey Department of Health- Domestic Companion Animals & COVID-19


New Jersey Department of Children & Families- Guidance for NJ Child Care Facilities on COVID-19 Related Health & Safety Requirements


From the Sussex County Health Department: Please view the two flyers below for information on cloth face coverings.

Cloth Face Covering Information

COVID Face Coverings

April 29, 2020

Hampton Township Resolution Prohibiting Short Term Rentals During the Public Health Emergency- Please click here to view the Resolution.

Grief Support
Are there any coronavirus grief and loss support groups? .

Yes, the Atlantic Health System is hosting a Coronavirus Grief and Loss support group. To register call 862-260-3199 (option 3) for an invitation. The support group is web-based and is led by Atlantic Health behavioral health clinicians and social workers.

See suspicious online content?
Report it to your local authorities or to the NJ Homeland Security Counterterrorism Watch Desk at 1-866-4-SAFE-NJ or tips@njohsp.gov


From the Sussex County Health Department:

I am not a medical professional, but I would like to volunteer to help during the COVID-19 response. How do I sign up and what types of assistance is needed?

Non-medical volunteers are needed to assist at food pantries and deliver meals to vulnerable individuals. To sign-up go to the website and someone will contact you: https://covid19.nj.gov/help

Scroll down to “How you can Help” and locate button on left side to “Volunteer in your Community”

April 7, 2020

Need food pantry home delivery? The Hunger Coalition stakeholders and the Sussex County Human Services Advisory Council are collaborating to create a safe, efficient method of food distribution for those in Sussex County. 

A list of the most up-to-date food pantry services currently being offered can be found at https://www.sussex.nj.us/documents/coronavirus-2020/food-pantry-update.pdf.

NORWESCAP Pathways 2 Prosperity is offering food delivery services every Tuesday for those who are not able to drive or lack transportation.  To request delivery service please call 973-862-6680 or email morrisond@norwescap.org for further details.  For information regarding how you can contribute donations please contact Jennifer Salt at jsalt@zufallhealth.org.

April 5, 2020 Updates

From the office of Josh Gottheimer:Please click here to find a letter from me that outlines the ways in which Sussex and Warren benefit and can receive federal dollars and resources from the bipartisan Coronavirus legislation (including the CARES Act rescue and relief package). I've also noted other ways I’m fighting for our families, businesses, first responders, and front-line health care workers in DC and here at home. I’m hoping this update addresses some of the confusion about the Coronavirus legislation. As always, please contact me with any questions or concerns at josh.gottheimer@mail.house.gov.

From the office of Josh Gottheimer: I hope you and your families are staying safe and healthy. I wanted to share with you a guide we developed to help navigate the recently enacted bipartisan federal legislation regarding Coronavirus response. Please feel free to share with others, and I will update the document as we take additional measures. Please click here for the document.

In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to me at any time (201) 250-1681 or at Josh.Gottheimer@mail.house.gov. Thank you for your leadership and please let me know what we can do to help. 

March 25, 2020 Updates

Please Take Notice: ​Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Township of Hampton is taking the following emergency
and precautionary measure to ensure the safety of our residents and staff:
Until further notice all Municipal facilities are closed to the public, including but not limited to
the following: Hampton Township Municipal Building, park/pavilion, playground, fields, Senior
Center, and DPW Garage. Staff will be working onsite and available to answer your questions.
Please call (973) 383-5570 with comments and/or inquires.


Until further notice, meetings for the Township Board of Health, Township Planning/Zoning
Boards, and the Township Recreation Committee are cancelled.


The Hampton Township Committee Meetings will take place; however, accommodations are
being put in place to enable remote attendance. Dial-in information will be posted on the
Hampton Township Website once available. The electronic meeting is being held in compliance
with P.L. 2020, c.11

March 24, 2020 Updates

Breaking News for the Business Community:Please click here.

U.S. Small Business Administration Fact Sheet- Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Please click here.

For the Small Business Administration Declaration,please click here.

Sussex COVID-19 Hotline: The Sussex County Division of Health COVID-19 Hotline is now open. Residents may call the Hotline number at 973-579-9488 to speak with a Sussex County Division of Health staff member or Sussex County Medical Reserve Corp volunteer. The Hotline's hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm. Additional info can be found at the locations listed below.

Sussex County website: https://sussex.nj.us/covid19

2-1-1 (NJ Department of Health)

1-800-962-1253

Text NJCOVID to 898-211 (NJ Department of Heath)
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3/23/20 Electronic Meeting Notice: Due to recent social distancing in response to COVID-19, the Hampton Township Committee will hold their regularly scheduled meeting on March 31, 2020 at 7:00 P.M. via teleconferencing rather than at the Municipal Building. Connectivity information will be available on our website www.hamptontownshipnj.info as well as on the sign located in the front of the Hampton Township Municipal Building at 1 Rumsey Way, Newton, NJ 07860. Formal action may be taken during the meeting.
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3/23/20 Please click here to view an important message from the Construction Official-our Building Department is taking all precautions to prevent exposure to our staff as well as our homeowners & contractors. We are encouraging "Save the Trip"; we will try to answer all questions by phone & offer the option to mail applications & permits. A DROP BOX is set up in front of the Municipal Building for anyone who must drop off applications, blueprints, etc. Please view the rest of the document to see further instruction.
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3/23/20 Emergency Meeting Notice: Due to the recent spread of COVID-19, the Hampton Township Committee held an Emergency Meeting, via teleconferencing, on March 23, 2020 at 11:15 A.M. to discuss emergency measures and staffing protocol. Formal action was taken.
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3/18/20 Effective Immediately: Hampton Park is closed to the public until further notice. This includes the fields, walking path and playground. 
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3/17/20

From the office of Josh Gottheimer:

Dear Friend:

I wanted to reach out regarding the recent developments related to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). You all are on the front lines in the fight to contain the virus, and please know my office is available to you as a resource for whatever you might need.

I have been coordinating closely with the Governor's office, state, county, and local officials, and first responders to maintain close coordination as towns and municipalities manage the growing number of presumptive positive cases. I wanted to share the action we've taken at the federal level over the last weeks to confront the virus.

Nearly every day, we have held conference calls with the medical and executive leadership of our stellar hospital systems in North Jersey, where they are sharing best practices, triaging needs, and preparing for the next stages of the Coronavirus. Topics range from supplies to testing to support for front-line health care workers. This past week, I also held a conference call with assisted living and nursing home facilities to discuss their ongoing response and what, specifically, we can do to protect seniors and those who are most vulnerable.

Early Saturday morning, the House passed a bipartisan emergency funding package to provide immediate relief to communities dealing with the Coronavirus. The package includes: 1) no-cost, rapid testing capabilities to increase the number of tests that can be completed and processed; 2) two weeks of paid sick leave for those who cannot work; 3) critical funding for nutrition programs for seniors, school-aged children, and other at-risk populations; and 4) bolstered unemployment benefits for those who may be out of work in the short-term. The President has indicated that he will sign the legislation, once the Senate passes it.

Earlier this month, with strong bipartisan support, the House passed a critically-needed $8.3 billion emergency funding package to immediately address the Coronavirus outbreak, including support for state and local health agencies, vaccine and treatment development, and loans for affected small businesses. Last week, in a meeting in the Situation Room, with the Vice President, and the lead Coronavirus coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx, I shared the urgent need to get support to our state and counties confronting this crisis.

I was pleased that the President declared a national emergency last week, freeing up billions of dollars in federal aid for communities to address the Coronavirus. All schools across the Fifth District will now be closed to help slow the spread of the virus. Additionally, Teaneck has issued a voluntary self-quarantine to help stem the spread of the virus. The Governor has also requested an 8pm - 5am daily curfew.

Increasing access to rapid, no-cost Coronavirus testing is essential, so that we can isolate hot spots where there are outbreaks and ensure that individuals are not unknowingly spreading the virus to their family and friends. Last week, I led the New Jersey Congressional Delegation in sending a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to get to the bottom of what is causing delays in test confirmations at the CDC. Some good news, Hackensack University Medical Center has developed a rapid test that can be processed in only a few hours. This will help us treat patients more quickly and identify infections to stop the further spread. I'm also working closely with our county officials to address the child-care needs of our front-line health care workers, who have been working around the clock to treat those afflicted with the Coronavirus.

We also need to make sure that we're providing relief for families and small businesses navigating the uncertain economy. We must do everything we can to ensure that our small and medium-sized businesses are able to survive this crisis. Congress passed bipartisan legislation to provide billions of dollars in loans to impacted small businesses through the Small Business Administration; you can find more information about these loans here: https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/coronavirus-covid-19. Last week, I joined with Republican Congressman Paul Mitchell to urge the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to extend the deadline for tax filing for individuals and businesses by ninety days.  

While these initial steps are critically important, we know that there will be more challenges ahead, as we continue to fight the spread of the Coronavirus and address the broad impacts on our economy and community. My colleagues and I are discussing additional economic rescue actions to help our businesses and save jobs.

I know this is a high-anxiety time for you and our country, but please know that we are only a phone call away. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me or my office in the days and weeks ahead if there is any way that we can be of further assistance or if there are questions we can help answer. You can always email me at Josh.Gottheimer@mail.house.gov, my Glen Rock office can be reached at (201-389-1100), and my Washington office can be reached at (202) 225-4465. I have also established a special email for questions at CoronavirusNJ5@mail.house.gov. More information can be found on my website at Gottheimer.house.gov. ​

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3/15/20 Due to the current status of the COVID-19 Pandemic, and in following the guidance of our schools, it is with regret that the Hampton Township Municipal Building and Community Center will be closed until further notice to all non-essential business for the health and safety of our employees and our community as a whole. We will do our best to continue to meet the needs of our residents while practicing the advice of "social distancing".​​

​All tax payments and dog licensing will be accepted via the mail or it can be deposited in the brown non-postal mailbox found to the left of the front doors of the Municipal Building.

If you have a blue book (PTR-1 or 2) or a completed building permit application, please leave it in the bin with your phone number and we will notify you when it is completed.

If you have any questions or if you would like to make an appointment for business of a personal nature, please contact the appropriate office as found below. We will do our best to respond to your needs promptly,

Administration (i.e. Clerk, Finance): 973-383-5570

clerk@hamptontwp-nj.org

cfo@hamptontwp-nj.org

administrator@hamptontwp-nj.org

Tax Collector: 973-383-1692 taxcollector@hamptontwp-nj.org

Construction: 973-383-8845 technicalassistant@hamptontwp-nj.org

constructionofficial@hamptontwp-nj.org

Public Works: 973-383-8745 publicworks@hamptontwp-nj.org

As we will all be monitoring the situation carefully, we will be sharing vital information as it becomes available to us. The health and welfare of our community is of our utmost concern and priority.

Please remain safe and healthy and we will weather this situation together.
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3/15/2020 The County had a conference call with Mayors & Municipalities for an update on COVID-19 in Sussex County. Some of the main messages received were as follows;

Individuals with no symptoms are not recommended to be tested. Individuals with mild symptoms should stay home if they are sick & follow the guidance of their health care provider.
Everyone is encouraged to practice social distancing and avoid large crowds and gatherings, practice good hand hygiene, and stay home if they are sick.
Social distancing is a public health measure taken to help slow down the spread of a contagious disease by restricting when and where people can gather. These measures can include limiting large groups of people coming together, closing buildings, and canceling events.
On March 12, 2020 Governor Murphy recommended that all public gathering of more then 250 persons be cancelled. This follows the strategies of social distancing which is public health practice that is meant to stop or slow down the spread of a contagious disease. Social distancing measures include limiting large groups of people coming together, closing buildings and canceling events. 
Calls from concerned public should be referred to the NJ State COVID-19 Hotline at 1-800-222-1222.
Interactive dashboard listing the positively confirmed COVID-19 cases per New Jersey counties is available at https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_dashboard.shtml
The NJ Department of Human Services operates a toll free "warm line" which is a resource for people seeking mental health service. The warm line is activated during events that impact the mental health of New Jersey residents. The warm line is available 24 hours and has language access; (877) 294-HELP (4357). NOTE: The "warm line" does not replace 911 and is not used to report emergencies.

Please visit the CDC for more information on the Coronavirus. This tab is just informational for updates that we receive as a Municipality. For important up to date information, please go directly to the CDC website https://www.cdc.gov/  

​Please visit https://covidvaccine.nj.gov/  to register for the COVID-19 vaccine.
The general public can now register, and this will allow your residents to input their personal, contact, health insurance, and demographic information. It will also allow for individuals to schedule an appointment for those who are immediately eligible based on screening questions.

Seniors who are unable to access the internet may call the Sussex County Division of Senior Services at 973-579-0555 for help registering for a vaccination appointment. 
Seniors in need of transportation to vaccination sites located throughout Sussex County can contact Skylands Ride at 973-579-0480 for assistance.  When possible, please contact Skylands Ride prior to registering for your COVID-19 vaccination so that transportation can be coordinated with your scheduled vaccination date.
Seniors who have questions related to COVID19 may call the Sussex County COVID Hotline Monday through Friday 9 am to 4 pm at  973-579-9488. 


NJ Department of Health and the NJ Hospital Association Encourage Residents Not to Seek COVID-19 Testing At Emergency Departments

Due to an increase in individuals seeking COVID-19 testing in Emergency Departments, the New Jersey Department of Health and the New Jersey Hospital Association are reminding the public that Emergency Departments are for emergencies only.

“Seeking non-emergency care such as COVID-19 testing in an Emergency Department diverts critical staff time and resources from those with true emergencies,” said Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli. “Our hospital Emergency Departments are experiencing very high volumes of individuals seeking COVID-19 testing. We understand that people want to be safe and follow our recommendations to get tested for COVID-19, but I want to remind the public that Emergency Departments are for those who need critical, life-saving care.”

Individuals with mild symptoms who suspect COVID-19 should visit an urgent care center, federally qualified health center or contact their primary care physician.

“We need the public’s help to preserve Emergency Department resources for those experiencing emergency illnesses and injuries, including life-threatening conditions including heart attacks and strokes,” said New Jersey Hospital Association President and CEO Cathleen Bennett. “New Jersey experienced a high number of deaths at home last year, including people who were facing critical medical issues who waited too long to seek emergency care amid the pandemic. We must not allow concerns about overcrowded Emergency Department to add to that toll of pandemic deaths.”

“It is important to seek emergency care when you need it,” Commissioner Persichilli said. “Individuals experiencing symptoms like shortness of breath or chest pain – which can be symptoms of COVID-19 as well as other critical illnesses – should call 911 or seek care in an Emergency Department. But those seeking testing should find other locations.”   

The Department is encouraging the public to visit COVID19.nj.gov to find one of the over 1,000 testing locations throughout the state, including free pop-up and county sites, rather than go to an Emergency Department. A new federal COVID-19 surge testing site is to officially open on January 1 at the East Orange Division of Senior Services and will provide free nasal swab PCR testing for up to 1,000 individuals per day. The site, located at 90 Halsted St., will be open from January 1 through January 14 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The state also has partnered with Vault Medical Services to offer free at-home testing and you can visit learn.vaulthealth.com/nj to order your free test.

COVID-19 Municipal Updates

                                                      NJ Emergency Rescue Mortgage Assistance

New Jersey’s Emergency Rescue Mortgage Assistance (ERMA) program provides financial assistance for eligible homeowners who have experienced a significant decrease of income or increase of expenses due to COVID-19 and have been unable to remain current with their mortgage payments.


In order to be eligible, a homeowner must show proof of the following:

1. Reason for assistance must be due to a COVID-19 related income decrease after 01/21/2020.

2. Must show a 10$ reduction of income or 10% COVID-19 related expense increase.

3. The property occupied must be the owner's primary residence.

4. Property must be in NJ and consist of 1-4 units

5.  You must not earn no more than 150% of the area median income for the region where the property is located, as set forth in the HUD standards Click Here for HUD Income Limits. 

If eligible, you could receive up to $35,000 in the form of a three-year forgivable loan, with no interest or payments due. If the property is sold, transferred, or refinanced (except for refinances for a lower rate and/or shorter term) or you do not maintain the property as your primary residence during the three (3) year term of the mortgage and note, you must repay the ERMA Program funds.

Click Here for the FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions) 


You can also email the ERMA team at HAFServicing@njhmfa.gov or call us at (855) 647-7700 between the hours of 8am and 5pm Monday through Friday.


For more information please visit NJ Emergency Rescue Mortgage Assistance (ERMA) portal at www.njerma.com