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Posted on: March 25, 2020

A Message from Mayor & City Council Re COVID-19

To Our Neighbors in Asbury Park,

As we navigate these unprecedented times, we want to assure you that the City is doing everything possible to secure the safety of our residents and first responders.

All essential services continue to operate, including Police, Fire, EMS and DPW, and we are making every effort to ensure they have needed resources. Garbage and recycling services will not be interrupted. Until further notice, all City facilities are closed to the public, but all non-essential departments are working from home and will be responsive to residents by phone and email.

We have also taken other precautions to ensure the safety of our community, including closing playgrounds and basketball courts, suspending the bike and scooter share programs, suspending alternate side and metered parking, and closing the Bangs Avenue parking garage. We also continue to monitor our boardwalk and beach to ensure social distancing guidelines are being followed. Sadly, should our residents and visitors fail to follow guidelines, we may be forced to close them.

COVID-19 is highly contagious and we have seen the number of cases rise significantly throughout the United States. Here in Asbury Park, we currently have 6 confirmed cases and those individuals are in isolation. We are working closely with the Health Department to keep up-to-date on the situation. Given the circumstances, we are expecting to see more confirmed cases in our community in the upcoming weeks.

We are asking our residents stay home, stay safe and remain calm. We ask that you continue to follow the Governor’s Stay at Home Executive Order and practice social-distancing when venturing out only for essential needs. Call your doctor if you have symptoms. If you have an emergency that requires calling 9-1-1, we ask that you let the call-taker know if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms—our first responders’ safety is even more valuable in this crisis. We need everyone’s help and participation to break the curve.

We suggest you keep up-to-date on the latest information on COVID-19 through the State of NJ COVID-19 information hub at www.covid19.nj.gov, the NJ Dept of Health’s website at www.nj211.org, or by texting NJCOVID to 898-211 for automated text alerts and notifications. You can also call 211 for general information and basic needs, or 24 hours a day/7 days a week you can speak to a healthcare professional by calling 1-800-962-1253 or 1-800-222-1222.

We also recommend signing up to receive emergency updates from the City by texting 07712 to 888-777 or go to www.nixle.com to sign up and manage your account.

City Council will continue to make decisions to safeguard our community, and we are committed to providing our residents with the latest updates on how COVID-19 is affecting our community as quickly as possible.

To contact City Hall, call 732-775-2100 or visit www.cityofasburypark.com/reportaconcern. For the City’s COVID-19 updates, visit www.cityofasburypark.com. And in case of emergency, dial 9-1-1.

Please take care of yourselves, your families and our neighbors.


Sincerely,

Asbury Park Mayor & Council
John, Amy, Eileen, Yvonne & Jesse

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