North Jersey News Roundup for June 9, 2020

State health officials announced guidance for youth camps and summer recreation programs to follow in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. The announcement comes on the same day when Gov. Phil Murphy revealed community pools are allowed to open starting June 22.

Nail salons will be included in the statewide reopening of hair salons and barbershops on June 22. When Gov. Phil Murphy announced on June 1 hair salons and barbershops would reopen, no mention of nail salons was made. However, when reviewing the upcoming reopenings on June 8, Murphy listed hair salons, barbershops and nail salons were slated to reopen in two weeks. The Record

Sussex County’s Division of Health will grant temporary approval of outdoor dining for all licensed restaurants through the rest of the year. Any business that wishes to maintain outdoor dining beyond 2020 will need to submit a plan application to the county. New Jersey Herald

Gov. Phil Murphy defended his decision to take part in two Black Lives Matter events defying his own order against public gatherings and guidelines for social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic. “This may be one of the most profound moments in the history of our country,” Murphy said. “This is the moment that I think is bigger than any of us right now.” The governor plans to get a coronavirus test because of his participation at the rallies.

The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office released videos showing the interactions that led a New Jersey State Police trooper to shoot and kill an unarmed black man. The release of videos includes a series of interactions police had with Maurice Gordon, Jr. after his car ran out of gas multiple times on the Garden State Parkway as well as audio of a 911 call to police by a friend of Gordon in New York a day earlier expressing concern about Gordon’s well being. After the shooting, the video shows the trooper telling another officer that arrived on the scene that Gordon tried to steal his police cruiser and went for his gun during their struggle. The Wall Street Journal

New Jersey became the first in the country to incorporate climate change education into its K-12 learning standards, which serve as the guidelines for what is taught to the state’s 1.4 million students. Schools are expected to start implementing the new guidelines in September 2021 and will have the flexibility to decide how best to incorporate the standards into lessons.

NJ Transit unveiled a $5.7 billion five-year capital plan and the agency’s first ever 10-year strategic plan. The plan, dubbed NJT2030, contains 26 strategies in five goals that include ensuring systemwide reliability and safety, delivering a “high-quality experience” to riders, power a stronger and fairer economic recovery, build an more accountable, innovative and inclusive culture in the agency and promote a more sustainable future for NJ Transit and the state. News12 New Jersey

Numerous unemployment recipients in N.J. did not receive the extended $600 federal benefit they usually receive via direct deposit. Issues with Bank of America processing affected certain direct deposit payments due to weekend system maintenance, resulting in weekly payment experiencing up to a two-day delay. The Daily Record

New Jersey food banks are expecting demand for food assistance will remain strong for months to come because of high levels of unemployment even as businesses begin to reopen. Demand for food boxes has surged by around 50% since mass layoffs began in March, and is likely to remain high for a year or more as the state’s economy struggles to recover. NJ Spotlight

Paterson Councilman Shahin Khalique won reelection to the City Council by one vote in a recount conducted June 8. The first recount gave Khalique’s opponent, former Councilman Mohammed Akhtaruzzaman, enough extra ballots to overcome an eight-vote deficit, giving him a two-vote lead. But Khalique’s lawyers objected to the final numbers, saying the vote totals didn’t match the turnout figures for the 2nd Ward race in the all-vote-by-mail election. The Record

And finally…Jersey City to launch nation’s first municipal vertical farming program to promote healthy eating.

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