In an effort to slow down the late night bar crawl and keep everyone healthy and safe, the city of Asbury Park has issued a State of Local Disaster Emergency amid the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

The City of Asbury Park's Emergency Management Coordinator announced the state of emergency on Sunday in an effort to protect the health of the community.

  • As of today, city facilitates will be closed to the public and certain restrictions will be placed upon service establishments in Asbury Park requiring early closings on a daily basis.
  • All of the restrictions will stay in effect until further notice.
  • All service establishments in Asbury Park with a liquor license (bars and restaurants) must close to the public on a daily basis no later than 10:00pm beginning March 15, 2020.
  • Service establishments without a liquor license, but that have an occupancy of 75 or more, (restaurants, event spaces, hotel lobbies, retail etc), will be required to close no later than 10:00pm on a daily basis beginning March 15, 2020.
  • Violators may be subject to fines and penalties, including but not limited to, imprisonment for a term not to exceed 6 months, fines not to exceed $1,000.00, or both at the discretion of the court.

All City of Asbury Park facilities will be closed to the public as well, effective immediately, including City Hall, Municipal Court, the Public Library, the Senior Center and the Department of Public Works.

City Hall will continue to operate and be responsive to resident needs through phone and online communications. All essentials services will continue to operate as well.

"The City encourages businesses to be proactive and follow the guidelines of the CDC which include social distancing, listing of patrons at their establishments, and continual cleaning and sanitation of facilities."

For information on what the City of Asbury Park is doing to prepare for an outbreak, you're invited to visit www.cityofasburypark.com/covidpreparations.

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