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Posted on: April 29, 2020

City of Asbury Park COVID-19 Related Updates As of 4/29/2020

4/29/2020 Asbury Park, NJ – The City of Asbury Park is working with local and state authorities to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. Council will continue to make decisions to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the people of the City of Asbury Park, and is committed to providing our residents with the latest updates on how COVID-19 is affecting our community.

Governor Murphy’s Stay at Home Executive Order is still in effect, and schools are still closed, through at least May 15, 2020. City Council urges residents to follow the Stay at Home Order and to continue to practice safe social distancing by staying at least 6 feet away from others. Residents may still leave their homes for essential needs – to head to the grocery store, seek medical care, visit close family, report to work, or go outside for exercise. Face coverings are required when visiting essential retailers to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Per the Stay at Home Order, bars and restaurants are permitted to be open for drive-through, delivery and take-out only. No outside seating is permitted and violators are subject to penalties.

Paid public parking, which has been suspended for over a month, will be reinstated in Asbury Park starting Friday, May 1, 2020 at 5pm. Ensuring the well-being of our residents is the City’s primary focus. Even though the boardwalk is closed, nice weather has brought the City an influx of visitors congregating in our downtown and beachfront areas. While Asbury Park normally welcomes all visitors, during the COVID-19 pandemic and while the Governor is still mandating strict social distancing measures, we feel it’s our responsibility to discourage crowds to help protect the health and safety of our residents. We still encourage residents and visitors to support our local businesses who are providing take-out and strongly recommend that anyone parking in Asbury Park use the mobile parking app (www.parkmobile.io) to pay instead of the parking kiosks to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Please see below for updates and the status of City services:

  • All essential services continue to operate, including Police, Fire, EMS and DPW.
  • Garbage and recycling services have not been interrupted. To minimize our staff’s exposure to COVID-19, we ask that all residents dispose of trash in trash bags that are sealed/tightly tied and to refrain from putting loose trash in dumpsters or in trash containers.
  • Until further notice, all City facilities continue to be closed to the public, but all non-essential departments are working and will be responsive to residents by phone and email. To contact City Hall, call 732-775-2100 or visit www.cityofasburypark.com/reportaconcern.
  • The City of Asbury Park’s grace period for Tax & Sewer payments due May 1, 2020 is extended to June 1, 2020 per Governor Murphy’s Executive Order No. 130. Homeowners will be able to pay by June 1, 2020 without incurring interest costs or penalties. For payments received after June 1, 2020, interest will revert back to May 1, 2020. For questions, visit www.cityofasburypark.com/taxcollector.
  • Metered parking regulations will be reinstated beginning Friday, May 1, 2020 at 5pm. Metered parking regulations had been suspended since March 22, 2020. Residents will be required follow paid parking guidelines and are urged to use the Park Mobile app (www.parkmobile.io) for payment instead of parking kiosks to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
  • Alternate side parking regulations for street cleaning will continue to be suspended until further notice. Regulations have been suspended since March 22, 2020.
  • All short-term rentals will continue to be suspended until further notice. Short-term rentals (such as promulgated through services including AirBNB, VRBO and HomeAway), and other vacation rentals whether online, in-person, by Realtor or Owner transaction have been suspended since April 1, 2020.
  • All hotel reservations will continue to be suspended. In accordance with Administrative Order 2020-9 issued by the State of New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, hotels, motels, guest houses, or private residences, or parts thereof, may accept any individuals who have no permanent housing to which they may safely or lawfully return. Examples of individuals who would satisfy the criteria include, but are not limited to, homeless individuals, individuals affected by domestic violence, or individuals in hotels or motels in compliance with a court order. Additionally, while reservations are suspended until further notice, owners may take future reservations knowing they cannot be honored until the suspension is lifted. Hotel reservations have been suspended since Friday, April 17, 2020.
  • The City of Asbury Park strongly recommends all passengers and drivers of taxi services and ride-share services, such as Uber and Lyft, wear cloth face coverings to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, the City recommends drivers use proper disinfectant products to clean and sanitize their vehicles after each fare to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

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