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Frankford Township New Jersey

151 Route 206

Coronavirus Information and Notices

The many notices, closings, and cancellations due to the Coronavirus can be found on this page. They are posted by date, with the most recent on top.


Home COVID-19 Diagnostic Collection Kits

The FDA has approved a few at-home COVID-19 diagnostic collection kits. After completing an online screening, if testing is necessary, you will be able to place an order for a home test kit. The kit enables you to collect a nasal swab at home and send it to a certified lab for processing. You will receive secure digital results within days.

Please note that this kit does not test for antibodies.

For more information, visit

New Jersey Department of Education Provides Guidance on Commencement Ceremonies

On May 27 the New Jersey Department of Education (DOE) released guidance regarding commencement ceremonies to honor 2020 graduates during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The guidance outlines three options for K-12 school commencement ceremonies: 1) virtual; 2) drive-through/drive-in; or 3) modified in-person, outdoor ceremonies. Decisions about the most appropriate type of ceremony for each school community will be made locally, in consultation with municipal officials. At this time, only virtual ceremonies are permitted. Beginning July 6, 2020, drive-through/drive-in and modified in-person, outdoor ceremonies will be permitted subject to the requirements set forth in the guidance. These ceremonies must comply with the social distancing protocols and the limitations on in-person gatherings that are in place when the ceremonies are held. Click here for the web version of the full media release. Click here for government webpage. Click here for the graduation guideance press release PDF. Click here for Considerations for All Postsecondary Commencement Ceremonies PDF.

Short-Term Rentals Prohibition Rescinded

In recognition of the successful diligence and sacrifice of the Township’s residents, the Mayor and Committee have determined that it is time to begin the slow reopening of businesses within the Township while following social distancing and cleaning/sanitizing protocols.

As such, in line with the Governor's Executive Order, No.143, which reopens the State’s beaches and lake communities effective May 22nd, the Frankford Township Committee is happy to announce that, effective immediately, it has approved Resolution 2020-042 - RESOLUTION RESCINDING THE PROHIBITION ON SHORT TERM RENTALS. Click to read the resolution.

In short, effective immediately, there is no longer a ban on short term (under 30 days) rentals.

Coronavirus Notice

Our community can take measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Individuals can practice everyday prevention measures like frequent hand washing, staying home when sick, and covering coughs and sneezes. Here are some facts about COVID-19:
Click here for information from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Click here for information from the Sussex County Health Department.

A Message from Our Mayor

Frankford Township Residents -

As you know, Frankford now has one documented case of the coronavirus. The Committee and I are conversing daily with local, County, and State government authorities on measures that can be taken to slow down transmission of the Coronavirus in our and surrounding communities. Following CDC guidelines and directives from both Federal and State Government, we have enacted the following:

  • Until further notice, Frankford Park is closed to organized sports groups. Additionally, use of playground equipment located at the park are prohibited due to the virus' ability to reside on playground equipment for several days.
  • Until further notice, The Municipal Building is closed to the public. However, our employees are still working hard and are available to answer questions you may have. Business continuity is essential and our committed employees have made that job #1. Feel free to call the Municipal Building at 973-948-5566.
  • We care about our local businesses. Frankford Township has many small businesses and our goal is to work with multiple levels of Government to ensure that any financial incentives that may become available are funneled here to Frankford's businesses.
  • Social Media and website posts are being provided that detail hygienic practices that can protect you and those around you. For example, social distancing (maintaining at least 6 feet distance between you and others), handwashing for no less than 20 seconds, using hand sanitizer, disinfecting hard surfaces, staying home unless absolutely necessary, etc. Feel free to call the Sussex County Department of Health 24-hour Hotline at 1-800-222-1222 for further information.

Our goal is to communicate with you often so that you can be kept abreast of local status. Again, thank you and be safe.

Christopher Carney, Mayor
March 19, 2020 1:45 p.m.

News for the Business Community

MARCH 24, 2020
Special websites and web pages have been created to assist business owners with the COVID-19 health crisis. Click here for the Business Resources PDF.

Mortgage Help

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MARCH 28, 2020
Governor Murphy Announced Mortgage Payment Relief, Financial Protections for New Jerseyans Facing Economic Hardship as a Result of COVID-19. It was announced that financial institutions will provide mortgage forbearance and financial protections for New Jerseyans facing economic hardship as a result COVID-19. Click here to read the news release.

Notice from the County Department of Health

MARCH 18, 2020 5 P.M.
The Sussex County Division of Health (SCDOH) was notified of three positive cases of COVID-19 in Sussex County on March 18, 2020. The three cases reside in Sparta Township, Vernon Township, and Frankford Township. The SCDOH has been working to identify individuals who came into contact with these residents. Anyone identified as a close contact, per New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) guidelines, is directed to self-quarantine and is being monitored by the SCDOH. Click here to read the news release.

Message from the County

MARCH 17, 2020 4:40 P.M.
The County is directing everyone to the State’s dashboard available at, which provides current, positive test results. As of the close of business March 16, there are no positive test results in the County.

The challenge with distributing information about persons under investigation is that the County only has consistent information from cases reported by the State labs to the State Communicable Disease Reporting and Surveillance System (CDRSS). Test results from private labs (Quest, LabCorp) are not readily available to the County until the results are entered into the CDRSS by the private lab. Should there be any positive cases in the County the Health Officer Jim McDonald will contact the Mayor directly.

The County has also posted a sign on all buildings with public access. (click here to view sign) We are not planning on closing county government at this time. The Sussex County Library System is closing as of 1 p.m. today.

I have also provided guidance from the Division of Local Government Services on conducting public meetings. (Click here to view). A new link to provide guidance for business impacted by COVID-19 at

For the latest updates please see these Sussex County resources on the web and social media:

Gregory V. Poff II
County Administrator

A Message from Our Mayor

With no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Sussex County, the focus for the Township of Frankford is tri-fold; preventing the spread of the virus, communicating with our citizens, and maintaining critical business operations. Truly, now is a time for preparation and not panic.

When we first received notification of the potential for Coronavirus to reach the U.S., we discussed a Business Continuity Plan, being certain to prioritize the safety of our employees, citizens, and community while continuing to provide essential services that our community relies on. We educated ourselves and our employees with the facts, increased access to hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes in our office buildings and continue to maintain a frequent cleaning schedule. We have utilized social media to keep the community informed and obtained literature for those who visit our Municipal Building.

Recommendations for keeping COVID-19 at bay include :

  • People who are 60 years of age or more, or who have underlying health conditions*, should strongly consider not attending events with large crowds.
  • People who are 70 years old or more should not attend events with large crowds.
  • Younger people should continue to use good hygiene and avoid handshakes.
    *Underlying health conditions include respiratory illnesses, heart disease, high blood pressure, or pregnancy.

Remember to wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, cover your cough, and stay home if you are sick.

If you do feel sick, call your doctor before showing up at the doctor’s office. They will advise you how to treat your symptoms and whether you need to be tested. Do not go to the emergency room, hospital or urgent care center to ask for a test. Testing is a priority for those who have been exposed to the virus, those who have traveled to impacted areas, and those who are hospitalized with related symptoms.

Other reliable sources of information include:

  1. The Sussex County website:
  2. The NJ Department of Health:
  3. The CDC:

Again, your safety is our priority.

Christopher Carney, Mayor
March 13, 2020

Coronavirus Notice

Our community can take measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Individuals can practice everyday prevention measures like frequent hand washing, staying home when sick, and covering coughs and sneezes. Here are some facts about COVID-19:
Click here for information from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Click here for information from the Sussex County Health Department.


Frankford Park

Effective immediately — Frankford Park is closed to organized sports groups until further notice. Additionally, use of the swings and monkey bars located at the park are prohibited.

Our Township is making every effort to take actions that will help in slowing down the Corona virus and we so appreciate our community as you join us in these efforts. Thank you for your commitment.

Cancellations and Postponements

Municipal Court Sessions

In-person Municipal Court Sessions have been canceled until further notice.

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