ReOPEN Asbury Park

ReOPEN Asbury Park

Enjoy ReOPEN Asbury Park! Come out and support our local businesses!

To allow for the expansion of dining and retail and create a Downtown Pedestrian Zone:

Cookman Avenue from Emory Street to Main Street – will be open to pedestrian on weekends through Monday, September 6, 2021 at 7am. Parking and through traffic will be prohibited each week from Friday at 1pm through Monday at 7am.

Cookman Avenue from Bangs Avenue to Emory Street (500 Block) – will be open to pedestrians 7 days a week, and closed to through traffic and parking, through Monday, November 29 at 7am. Parking and through traffic will be prohibited. (Please note the closures will not occur Thursday, September 16 through Thursday, September 23 and Thursday September 30, through Thursday, October 14.)

In these pedestrian areas:

  • No skateboards, scooters or bike riding permitted. Please walk your bikes. 
  • Patrons may not congregate in dining areas or in the pedestrian walkways to wait for tables.
  • Alcoholic beverages may not be removed from dining areas.
  • All outdoor activities on the street must end by 10pm. Food and beverage service can continue on the sidewalk areas next to restaurants in accordance with liquor license approvals by the NJ ABC.

The ReOPEN Asbury Park program is a pilot program – as such, regulations regarding street closures may change. Check this page frequently for the most up-to-date information. 

To report any business in violation of the Governor’s Executive Orders or the NJ Department of Health guidelines, please call APPD at 732-502-5791 (Watch Commander) or 732-774-1300 (Main Number).



  • The Asbury Park City Council has temporarily relaxed existing ordinances and procedures to help businesses, creating a “2021 Outdoor Dining & Outdoor Retail Sales Temporary Permit” to allow for expanded use of sidewalks, public streets and private property, including parking lots, to assist in the necessary reduction of capacity. Please note, all businesses using outdoor space must apply for a “2021 Outdoor Dining & Outdoor Retail Sales Temporary Permit” – permits are needed in order to place any furniture outdoors throughout the city.

  • Click here for information regarding the 2021 Outdoor Dining & Outdoor Retail Sales Temporary Permit including approved uses and requirements: Approved Uses & Requirements 2021 Outdoor Dining & Outdoor Retail Sales Temporary Permit

  • Click here to apply for a 2021 Outdoor Dining & Outdoor Retail Sales Temporary Permit


  • Businesses interested in using their businesses’ outdoor space along Cookman Avenue or sidewalks for events (for example events with outdoor vendors, live music or other programming, etc) are required to submit a "Special Events Permit  Application.” Businesses must abide by rules and regulations set by both the City of Asbury Park’s Special Events Ordinance and the 2021 Outdoor Dining and Outdoor Retail Temporary Permit guidelines. One Special Events Permit Application can be submitted for all scheduled events.

  • For information on Special Events Permits and a link to the application, visit


  • For Governor Murphy's Executive Orders, click here

  • In addition, for those with a Liquor License, the ABC has created the new COVID-19 Expansion Permit to address the anticipated need of licensees to expand their premises to allow reasonable seating capacity while observing social distancing guidelines. This permit will be available to all licensees with retail consumption privileges and will allow liberal expansion privileges subject to local approval. The COVID-19 Expansion Permit will be available exclusively through ABC’s POSSE Online Licensing System (“POSSE”). An ABC COVID-19 Expansion Permit is only required if there is an expansion beyond previously approved outdoor areas. For details on the ABC’s COVID-19 Expansion Permit, visit


  • The City has implemented the ReOPEN Asbury Park plan in an effort to aid in business recovery as much as possible. As we are adjusting the plan to meet the needs of the City’s residents, visitors and businesses and keep everyone safe, we need and appreciate your feedback. Please email us at

Click here for Resolution 2021-156 associated with ReOPEN Asbury Park (PDF)