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Mar 18, 2020

Middletown Encourages Supporting Small Business as Number of Confirmed Cases Rises

Mayor Tony Perry and the Middletown Township Committee announced the town’s new initiative “Takeout Thursdays” to help promote small businesses that are being adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Beginning March 19, the Township Committee is encouraging residents to support local businesses and their employees by ordering takeout food from restaurants or by purchasing gift cards for services or goods that can be used at a later date, such as meals, haircuts, car washes and more.

“During this uncertain period, we are encouraging our community to rally behind our small business owners and their staff to help curb the detrimental effects that this health crisis has created,” Perry said. “Our community will bounce back from these turbulent times stronger than ever as long as we stand with them and support them in any way possible.”

Any business that remains open is asked to contact the township’s Public Information Office at with a business number and website for promotional purposes on the Made in Middletown website.

“Businesses that are run and employed by our friends, neighbors and members of our communities are seeking alternative ways to operate that are deemed safe to the public as well as their employees,” said Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone. “As fellow citizens, we need to answer their call for help and support them during these trying times.”

Starting March 19, residents are urged to tag the businesses they are supporting on social media using the hashtags #TakeoutThursday #MiddletownNJ.

There are currently three confirmed cases in Middletown, including a Tomaso Towers resident who is now hospitalized. All patients will be continually monitored by local health officials and positive cases will be shared with the public. Information will be released as it becomes available, however this will be limited by privacy laws. Direct contact persons, organizations and place of work will be notified by health officials as they receive information from the patient.