Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Updated: 3/30/2020 @ 3:00pm

Up-to-date information listed by:

  • Borough Information
  • Statewide Information
  • Additional Links & Numbers
  • South River Police Department Public Notice

Borough Information

Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in South River

Updated: 3/30/2020

The Borough of South River has been notified by the Middlesex County Department of Health that thirteen (13) total  South River residents have tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • 3/18/2020 - 1 Positive Case
  • 3/19/2020 - 1 Positive Case
  • 3/25/2020 - 3 Positive Cases
  • 3/26/2020 - 2 Positive Cases
  • 3/27/2020 - 2 Positive Cases
  • 3/28/2020 - 2 Positive Cases
  • 3/29/2020 - 1 Positive Case
  • 3/30/2020 - 1 Positive Case

At this time, the Middlesex County Health Department is the lead in the investigation of these cases. The South River Police Department does not have any further information to share. 

How to Stay Updated

Be sure to follow official and verified sources to receive the most up-to-date and accurate information. Residents are encouraged to monitor our NIXLE text and email alerts and our social media accounts for any updates relevant to South River. Click here to sign up for NIXLE alerts and for information on our social media accounts.

Borough Offices & Buildings / Payments, Inspections, Permits, & COs

Updated: 3/25/2020

All municipal buildings are closed to the public until further notice. Staff remain available by telephone and email during normal business hours for any assistance needed. Visit for a telephone directory. 

3/25/2020  -  Due to a borough employee testing positive for COVID-19 and the need for other employees to self-quarantine, the South River Municipal Building and all offices located at 48 Washington Street will be closed until further notice. Updates will be posted as more information becomes available. 

Utility and/or tax payments at Borough Hall are accepted in the form of check or money order via the drop box located on the outside of the building.  For information regarding inspections, permits and certificates of occupancy, click here

Trash Pickup & Recycling

Updated: 3/27/2020

Effective Monday, March 30th, brush and grass clipping pickups (Mondays) and bulk pickups (Fridays) are both suspended until further notice. Do not place these items at the curb. They should be stored at your residence until services resume.

In addition, the Saturday recycling center located at 9 Ivan Way will be closed until further notice. Do not leave items outside the gate.

There are no changes to household trash and recycling pickups. 

This is being done for the health and safety of our employees. We understand this is a temporary inconvenience for residents and we thank you for your patience and understanding. For additional information, contact 732-257-9051.

Parks & Playgrounds

All public parks and playgrounds in the Borough of South River are closed until further notice.

Police Reports

Until further notice, police reports cannot be obtained in person. To request a police report, email Please include as much information as you have (case number, name, address, phone number, date of incident, type of report). A copy of the report will be sent via email or regular mail. For any additional information, please call 732-257-6727 ext 103. 

Municipal Court

Updated: 3/30/2020

Municipal Court sessions have been suspended statewide until Monday, April 27th in order to limit public exposure to COVID-19. If you had a scheduled South River Municipal Court session during the suspension period, you will receive a new court date via mail.

The South River Municipal Court window remains closed to the public. Payments for parking and traffic matters can be made online at and defendants can also continue to mail in payments.

Staff remain available by telephone Monday through Friday from 9:00am - 12:00pm for any assistance needed. For additional information or questions, please contact the South River Municipal Court at 732-257-1233.

Updated information is available at 

Office on Aging

The South River Office on Aging is closed to the public. Staff is available by telephone Monday - Friday between 9:45am and 3:00pm. Essential transportation (grocery shopping, medical related appointments) and online grocery store pickup and delivery are available by reservation only. To follow social distancing guidelines, transportation is limited to 5 persons at a time utilizing a 20 passenger bus. For assistance or additional information, call 732-257-2340.


In accordance with the statewide order, all schools in South River are closed until further notice. For further information regarding South River Public Schools, visit


The South River Public Library will be closed until further notice. Due dates will be suspended and late fees will be waived during the closure. For more information, visit or the library's Facebook page.

Committee Meetings

All committee meetings of the Borough of South River are cancelled until further notice. 

Food Bank Donations

Updated: 3/27/2020

The South River Food Bank is seeking donations of non-perishable food items to help meet the increased need for assistance. The items most needed at this time include: canned fruit, canned meat (stew, chili, spam), canned soups, canned pasta, canned vegetables, boxed pasta, pasta side mixes, rice side mixes, skillet dinner mixes, peanut butter, cereal, canned milk, and shelf-stable milk.  Click here for drop off times.  Please contact the South River Food Bank at 732-238-3020 with questions. 

Firearms Purchase Permits & FID Cards

Updated: 3/24/2020

During the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, our intent is to process as many firearm applications as we can.

Residents can still initiate the online application process and the South River Police Department will continue to process those applications. However, due to limiting person-to-person contact and police headquarters being closed to the public during the current public health emergency, the final steps of the process may be delayed.

The final steps of the process include picking up, signing for, and rendering payment for purchase permits and/or FID cards.

In addition, first time applications will be delayed indefinitely due to the closure of contracted fingerprint locations. This portion of the process will continue as soon as non-essential businesses are allowed to reopen.

For additional information regarding the online application process, visit 

Statewide Information

Current Statewide Closures

Updated: 3/27/2020

Governor Phil Murphy has ordered all non-essential retail businesses in the State of New Jersey to close. Some examples of essential businesses which can remain open include grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores, gas stations, financial institutions, hardware stores, laundromats, mobile phone stores, bicycle shops (for repairs only), nurseries, garden centers and food establishments offering takeout and/or delivery services. For a complete list of businesses and employees considered essential, click here

To report a business in violation of this order, call 609-963-6817

Statewide Stay at Home Order

Updated: 3/27/2020

Governor Phil Murphy has issued a statewide stay at home order, directing all residents to stay at home until further notice. The order allows for certain exceptions, such as obtaining goods or services from essential businesses, seeking medical attention, religious reasons, political reasons, visiting family or close friends, reporting to work at an essential business, engaging in outdoor activities, or fear for health or safety. Click here for further information. 

Public Gathering Ban

Currently, public gatherings of more than 10 people are banned in the State of New Jersey. 

Child Care Centers

Updated: 3/26/2020

Effective Wednesday, April 1st, child care centers can only accept the children of essential personnel. These facilities must certify with and follow social distancing and prevention strategies outlined by the Department of Children & Families. More information is available at 

Motor Vehicle Commission

Updated 3/28/2020

State motor vehicle agencies are closed until at least Monday, April 13th. All driver licenses, non-driver IDs, vehicle registrations, and inspection stickers expiring before May 31 have been extended by two months. Some services are available online. Visit for the most up to date information.  

Price Gouging

Updated: 3/27/2020

During a declared state of emergency, or for 30 days after the termination of the state of emergency, price gouging is prohibited. This is defined as price increases that are more than 10 percent higher than the price at which merchandise was sold during the normal course of business prior to the state of emergency. To report price gouging, visit:  or call 973-504-6240.

Additional Information

Protect Yourself

The best way to protect yourself is to limit your time in public spaces, stay home unless absolutely necessary, practice social distancing guidelines, and frequently use proper hand washing techniques, regardless if you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19 or not.  

Links & Numbers

Updated: 3/24/2020

For questions or concerns regarding COVID-19, the following telephone numbers are available:

  • 1-800-962-1253 (Clinical Questions 24/7)
  • 2-1-1 (General Questions 7am - 11pm)
  • 1-800-222-1222 (Department of Health Hotline)
  • Text NJCOVID 898-211 to receive alerts

For official up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit the links below:

COVID-19 Mental Health Issues & Services

With the ongoing national and global pandemic, we realize times can be difficult and stressful. Social distancing, self quarantining, and loss of human contact can create feelings of isolation. Additionally, the economic strains can be just as taxing on ones sense of well being. Click here for information on coping as well as a directory of the mental health services available. 

Rumor Control & Disinformation

Updated: 3/25/2020

Stay informed at:

This is a joint effort by the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness and the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management to stop the spread of COVID-19 rumors and disinformation. 

Federal Tax Extension

Updated: 3/27/2020

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service have announced that the federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended from April 25th, 2020 to July 15th, 2020. Federal income tax payments can also be deferred to the extended date, without penalties or interest. visit for additional information.

Blood Donations

Updated: 3/27/2020

The American Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more about how you can help, visit