NJ - Gov. Murphy Gives Towns OK to Limit Access to Beaches, Boardwalks
Gov. Phil Murphy clarified in a new administrative order that shore towns may impose additional restrictions on beach and boardwalk access in order to ensure social distancing in response to the coronavirus.
The move on March 24 was followed up by Spring Lake's decision to close its boardwalk, but keep beach access open at two locations: Brown Ave and Pitney Avenue, according to a Facebook post by Mayor Jennifer Naughton. No similar decisions have been announced by other Monmouth County beach towns, including Belmar where officials plan on discussing the issue today.
In Ocean County, physical barriers will soon be placed on the Point Pleasant Beach boardwalk and at the Inlet Parking Lot "to make it impossible for the public to congregate there," according to a March 24 statement by a Mayor Paul Kanitra. While the beach remains open, if social distancing does not take place, the mayor said it will be forced to close it as well.
Seaside Heights earlier put its beach off-limits and may extend the ban to the boardwalk if people do not comply with social distancing.