TO: Media & Other Interested Parties
FROM: Office of Emergency Management & Mayor’s Office DATE: May 10, 2020
REF: COVID-19 Transitional Reopening Plan
Beach & Boardwalk/Phase 1
May 15 – May 22
1. The following gates will be open 10am-5pm for access to the boardwalk and limited access to the beach: Blaine Avenue, Franklin Avenue, Hiering Avenue, and Hancock Avenue. The gates will be staffed.
2. Activities on the beach are limited to walking, jogging, active surf fishing, and surfing. No swimming (red flags). No beach chairs or blankets. No sitting or standing - please keep moving. No coolers. No dogs.
3. Activities on the boardwalk are limited to walking, jogging, and riding bicycles - please keep moving. No dogs.
4. Beach and boardwalk will be cleared at 5pm and the gates locked.
5. Social distancing required. Wearing a face mask is encouraged but not required unless a superseding State order requiring face masks is issued.
6. No gatherings or groups of 10 or more people.
7. Public restrooms will be closed.
8. Shower pedestals and water fountains will remain shrink wrapped and unavailable.
9. The public is encouraged not to touch handrails and not to sit on benches.
Beach & Boardwalk/Phase 2
May 23 – June 30
1. The following gates will be open 7am for access to the boardwalk and limited access to the beach (9am): Blaine Avenue, Franklin Avenue, Dupont Avenue, Hiering Avenue, Carteret Avenue, and Hancock Avenue.
2. No swimming (red flags). No coolers. No dogs.
3. A season beach badge or senior beach badge will be required for beach entry. Season beach badges and senior beach badges must be purchased using the Viply smartphone app or through Viply’s website. There will be no sales of beach badges on the boardwalk. We do not anticipate selling daily wristbands during Phase 2.
4. Beach will be cleared at 5pm.
5. Boardwalk will be cleared at 11pm and access gates locked.
6. Social distancing required. Wearing a face mask is encouraged but not required unless a superseding State order requiring face masks is issued.
7. No gatherings or groups of 10 or more people.
8. Public restrooms will be open on a limited basis.
9. Shower pedestals and water fountains will remain shrink wrapped and unavailable.
10. The public is encouraged not to touch handrails and not to sit on benches.
May 15 – June 30
South bayfront: Social distancing is required. No gatherings or groups of 10 or more people.
Boat ramp: Open
Beach/boardwalk/dock open. No personal watercraft or boats on the shoreline. Social distancing is required. No gatherings or groups of 10 or more people.
Swimming beach closed (red flag).
May 23 – June 30 _____________________________________________________________
All private commercial parking lots and public metered parking shall be reduced to 50% capacity.
The following municipal parking lots and metered parking areas will be closed: Grant Avenue lot, Hiering Avenue lot, Sampson Avenue lot, “free parking” lot at Webster Avenue & Bay Blvd, and boardwalk street end parking areas.
In addition to the 50% limit on available parking spaces, private commercial parking lots will be subject to a Local State of Emergency Order prohibiting parking charges in excess of $45 per day.
Short-term rentals/Phase 1
Current – May 31
The existing local emergency orders shall remain in full force and effect. The temporary restriction concerning online marketplace rentals (e.g., VRBO, Airbnb,
etc.) set forth in Local Emergency Order #5 (March 30, 2020) shall expire 11:59pm May 31.
Short-term rentals/Phase 2
June 1 – June 30
The short-term rental restrictions contained in Local Emergency Order #6 (April 5, 2020) will be amended to permit motels, hotels, and multi-family dwellings (3+ units) to rent not more than 25% of available units. Other rentals units will be released from the order.
The following Borough sponsored events are cancelled for 2020: Monday night concert series, tribute band concert series, Big Joe Henry Show, overnight beach camping, and Wine On The Beach.
No busker/performer permits will be issued through June 30.
Third party special events in May and June are cancelled (some events may be rescheduled for August or fall depending on the status of the State of Emergency at that time). A decision concerning July and August third party special events will be made in the near future.
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