[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Chester 6-16-2020 by Ord. No. 2020-08. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused and will continue to cause great harm to the public health, safety and economic welfare of the residents, businesses, and visitors to Chester Borough. The collective efforts of our state and federal governments in response to COVID-19 to protect the public health and safety, and most recently to re-start our economy has created an ever-changing landscape of orders, regulations, directives, and recommendations. The purpose of this Chapter 190 is the provide the flexibility for the Borough to quickly react to, adopt and adapt to that landscape in furtherance of the public health and welfare of its residents, businesses, and visitors by creating a mechanism by which the Mayor and Council may more quickly act by resolution, rather than by the more timely process of ordinance adoption.
The Mayor and Council may implement temporary policies, programs, and initiatives, and may provide temporary relief from provisions of the Borough Code in order to quickly react to, adopt and/or adapt to temporary orders, regulations, directives, and recommendations of the state and federal government to protect the health, safety, and economic welfare of the Borough residents, businesses, and visitors. By way of example, and not limitation, the governing body may provide for a Chester Recovery Day which would permit temporary signage, balloons, and deviation from approved site plans; or permit outdoor dining to enhance social distancing; or limit the season and/or occupancy of the Chester Area Pool and adopt a daily admission fee for an abbreviated season. Any such resolution shall not conflict with any existing Executive Order and shall be for a limited duration to be set forth in the resolution.
This chapter shall expire within 30 days of the rescission or expiration of the last Executive Order issued by the Governor of the State of New Jersey relative to COVID-19 and its effects on our state.