All of the beach, boardwalk, and park closures in NJ
As the number of coronavirus cases in New Jersey continues to climb, state and city officials are furthering social distancing measures by closing public spaces across the state. Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday signed an executive order shuttering all state parks and forests, as well as county parks. A number of Jersey Shore towns have closed beaches and boardwalks, with some even banning short-term rentals to curb visits from out-of-towners. “My focus and our focus, our sole mission right now is the health of every New Jersey family,” Murphy said. “And we must not just flatten this curve, we must crush this curve.” Ahead, find out which public spaces in NJ have been temporarily closed as a result of the pandemic.
Beach & boardwalks
Atlantic County: Margate and Ventnor City
Cape May County: Avalon, Cape May, Cape May Point, Ocean City, Sea Isle City, Stone Harbor, Upper Township, Wildwood, and North Wildwood, and Wildwood Crest.
Monmouth County: Asbury Park, Avon by the Sea, Belmar, Bradley Beach, Long Branch, Manasquan, Sea Girt, and Spring Lake.
Ocean: Bay Head, Beach Haven, Island Heights Lavallette, Long Beach, Mantoloking, Ortley Beach, Point Pleasant, Seaside Heights, and Ship Bottom.
Atlantic: Senator Frank S. Farley State Marina and Wharton State Forest
Bergen: Ramapo Mountain State Forest
Burlington: Atsion Recreation Area, Brendan T. Byrne State Forest, Rancocas State Park, Warren Grove Recreation Area
Cape May: Belleplain State Forest, Cape May Point State Park, Corson’s Inlet State Park
Cumberland: Fortescue State Marina
Gloucester: Tall Pines State Preserve
Hudson: Liberty Landing Marina and Liberty State Park
Hunterdon: Bull’s Island Recreation Area, Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park, Round Vallery Recreation Area, Spruce Run, Voorhees State Park
Mercer: Princeton Battlefield State Park and Washington Crossing State Park
Middlesex: Cheesequake State Park
Monmouth: Allaire State Park, Gateway National Recreation Area/Sandy Hook, Leonardo State Marina, Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Morris: Farney State Park, Hacklebarney State Park, Hopatcong State Park
Ocean: Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, Bass River State Forest, Double Trouble State Park, Forked River State Marina, Island Beach State Marina, Island Beach State Park, Penn State Forest, Warren Grove Recreation Area
Passaic: Abram S. Hewitt State Forest, Long Pond Ironworks State Park, Norvin Green State Forest, Ramapo Mountian State Forest, Ringwood State Park, Wawayanda State Park
Salem: Fort Mott State Park and Parvin State Park
Somerset: Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park and Washington Rock State Park
Sussex: Allamuchy Mountain State Park, High Point State Park, Kittatinny Valley State Park, Stokes State Forest, Swartswood State Park
Warren: Jenny Jump State Forest, Stephens State Park, Worthington State Forest
Short-term shore rentals
Atlantic City: Mayor Marty Small Sr. signed an executive order on Monday that bans short-term rentals, including hotels, motels, guests, houses, and private residences advertised online.
Cape May County: All 16 municipalities in Cape May County are prohibiting short-term rentals from lodging new guests or seasonal tenants, according to the Cape May County Herald.
Asbury Park: The City of Asbury Park suspended last week all short-term rentals until further notice. Officials will revisit the freeze at the end of April, with hopes to reinstate before the summer season.
Bradley Beach: On March 30, the borough of Bradley Beach banned short-term rentals and Airbnb until further notice.
Margate and Egg Harbor Township: Officials from both Atlantic County towns are suspending short-term rentals, until further notice.
Point Pleasant: Point Pleasant Beach Mayor Paul Kanitra closed all short-term rentals in the area would be banned until May 1.
Seaside Heights: The borough of Seaside Heights issued an emergency order last month that prohibits the rental of homes and any other type of units in the neighborhood, including those listed on Airbnb and VRBO.