COVID-19

This page contains links to the Belmar Borough Emergency Alert (CODE RED) System as well as links to other Borough alerts and notifications.

July 29,2020: Monmouth County CARES program; provide COVID-19 free testing updates

Monmouth County Press Release

July 17,2020: Beach Badge Sales Limitations

Belmar Office of Emergency Announcement

June 29,2020: COVID-19 Protocols for Food & Beverage Establishments

DOH Executive Directive No.20-019

June 15, 2020 - COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program

DCA is pleased to announce the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program, which will provide temporary rental assistance to selected low and moderate income households who have experienced unemployment or reduced income due to the pandemic. For more information on the program and how to apply, visit https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dhcr/offices/cverap.html


May 30, 2020 - Beach Operations

Belmar Beach Operations were monitored by the Belmar Office of Emergency Management , Belmar Beach Operations Office ,Belmar Department of Public Works, Belmar Police Department, and the Belmar Fire Marshal's Office

At times it was found that beach occupancy levels began to get crowded.

Beach patrons were diverted to other beach entrances prior to any social distancing infractions.

Conditions were monitored throughout the day, and the following Drone pictures were taken at approximately 12:00pm, 3:00pm, and 6:00pm.

The Borough of Belmar thanks all of our residents, and guests for following social distancing guidelines. We would also like to remind all visitors that the use of recreational balls such as footballs, soccer balls , tennis balls , and or any ball or frisbee

is prohibited pursuant to New Jersey State Executive Orders, and Beach regulations set forth.

We appreciate your continued cooperation , and support during these difficult and challenging times.


 

The Borough of Belmar Memorial Day weekend letter to the business community.

(Belmar OEM business letter 5.22.20 Click here)

 

Friday May 22, 2020 Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 148, increasing the limit on outdoor gatherings from 10 to 25 people.

(Executive Order No. 148 Click here)

 

BELMAR'S OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SOG 1-2020  

Belmar COVID-19 Beach Operations Plan

(5.22.20 Beach Operations Plan Click here)

 

To assist us in complying with social distancing guidelines we will temporarily suspend the sale of season badges at 5:00pm on Friday, May 22, 2020. We will resume the sale of season badges on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at the Taylor Pavilion. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 9, 2020 Monmouth County has 6,855 positive cases of COVID-19.

Positive cases on this report are cumulative without recoveries and reported by zip code. Belmar is at 18 cases (not 25).

(Monmouth County Release 5/09/20 Click here)

Rescinding Parking Declaration and Re-Opening Boardwalk

(Parking  & Boardwalk Notice)

Belmar Be Kind

(Be Kind notice 5.01.20)

Central JJIF- Updated Bulletin – Parks and Playgrounds

(MSI Bulletin Click here)

Executive Order #133 – Updating Park Re-Openings

(Executive Order #133 Click here)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 28, 2020 Monmouth County has 5,875 positive cases of COVID-19

Positive cases on ths report are cumulative w/o recovered and reported by zip code. Belmar is at 11 cases.
(Monmouth County Release 4/28/20 Click here)

Governor Murphy Announces The Road Back: Restoring Economic Health Through Public Health

(Gov. Murphy The Road Back Click here)

Governor Murphy and Superintendent Callahan Announce Protections for Individuals Without Permanent Housing

(Administrative Order AO_2020-9 Click here)

Information on Rental Property and Evictions under Executive Order 106

https://covid19.nj.gov/forms/renter

COVID-19 Belmar Borough Emergency Parking Declaration

(Emergency Parking Declaration Click here)

Belmar Executive Order 2020-1 Parking

(Executive Order 2020-1 Click here)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 22, 2020 Monmouth County has 5,086 positive cases of COVID-19

(Monmouth County Release 4/22/20 Click here)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 19, 2020 Monmouth County has 4,669 positive cases of COVID-19

(Monmouth County Release 4/19/20 Click here)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 17, 2020 Monmouth County has 4,414 positive cases of COVID-19

(Monmouth County Release 4/17/20 Click here)

COVID-19 Pandemic Resource Guide

This guide was developed by the Monmouth County ADRC(Aging Disability Resource Center) to assist MonmouthCounty residents obtain information about resources duringthe COVID-19 Pandemic. 

(COVID-19 Pandemic Resource Guide Click here)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 16, 2020 Monmouth County has 4,299 positive cases of COVID-19

(Monmouth County Release 4.16.20 Click here)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 16, 2020 Monmouth County officials provide COVID-19 and Elections updates.

(Monmouth County Release 4.16.20 Click here)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 15, 2020 Monmouth County has 4,122 positive cases of COVID-19

(Monmouth County Release 4/15/20 Click here)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 13, 2020  Monmouth County has 3,875 positive cases of COVID-19

(Monmouth County Release 4/13/20 Click here)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 12, 2020 Monmouth County has 3,768 positive cases of COVID-19

(Monmouth County Release 4/12/20 Click here)

April 10, 2020 Cloth Face Coverings Required for NJ Shoppers

Pursuant to New Jersey Governor Philip D. Murphy’s Executive Order No. 122, beginning today April 10, 2020 at 8:00 PM, everyone visiting essential retail businesses and the employees of those businesses will be required to wear cloth face coverings when inside the store.
(Belmar-Lake Como OEM April 10, 2020 Click here)

April 9, 2020 NEW JERSEY EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 122

(EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 122 click here)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 10, 2020 Monmouth County has 3,512 positive cases of COVID-19

(Monmouth County Release 4/10/20 Click here)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 9, 2020 Monmouth County has 3,252 positive cases of COVID-19

(Monmouth County Release 4/09/20 Click here)

A Message from Mayor Mark Walsifer April 9, 2020

(Mayor's Beach Message 4.09.20  Click here)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 9, 2020 Freeholders provide updates on latest initiatives; COVID-19 

(Freeholders latest COVID-19 initiatives 4-09-20 Click here)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 8, 2020 Monmouth County has 3,042 positive cases of COVID-19

(Monmouth County Release 4/08/20 Click here)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 6, 2020 Monmouth County has 2,577 positive cases of COVID-19

(Monmouth County Release 4/06/20 Click here)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 5, 2020 Monmouth County has 2,351 positive cases of COVID-19

Positive cases are reported by zip code. Belmar has 4 positive cases West Belmar has 1.
(Monmouth County Release 4/05/20 Click here)

A Message from the Belmar/Lake Como Office of Emergency Management April 4, 2020

Due to COVID-19 and New Jersey Executive Oder No. 108 all special events in the Borough of Belmar are cancelled until July 1, 2020. 
(Special Events OEM 4-04-20 Click here)

MAKE YOUR OWN COVID-19 MASK

(Click Here for Step by Step Instructions)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 3, 2020 Monmouth County has 1,743 positive cases of COVID-19

(Monmouth County Release 4/03/20 Click here)

DeLisa Waste Services COVID-19 Request 4/03/20

(DeLisa Waste Services Request 4/03/20 Click here)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 2, 2020 Monmouth County has 1,482 positive cases of COVID-19

(Monmouth County Release 4/02/20 Click here)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 1, 2020  Monmouth County has 1,307 positive cases of COVID-19

(Monmouth County Release 4/01/20 Click here)

A Message from Chief Tina Scott 4/01/20 Message from the Belmar Police Department: 

(Easter Bunny to visit families click here)

NJEDA Announces New Initiatives to Support Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

(NJEDA New Initiatives Click here)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 31, 2020 Monmouth County has 1,163 positive cases of COVID-19

(Monmouth County Release 3/31/20 Click here)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  March 30, 2020 Monmouth County has 1,033 positive cases of COVID-19

(Monmouth County Release 3/30/20 Click here)

Belmar boardwalk closure letter from Mayor Walsifer 3/30/20

(Belmar boardwalk closure letter 3/30/20)

A Message from the Municipal Courts of: Belmar-Lake Como-Spring Lake 3/27/20

(Municipal Courts Belmar-Lake Como-Spring Lake 3/27/20 Memo Click here)

Beach and Boardwalk Message from Mayor Walsifer 3/27/20

(Boardwalk Message from Mayor Walsifer 3/27/20 Click here)

NJDOH Guidance on the Contact of a Close or Casual Contact of a Confirmed or Suspected Case of COVID-19 3/26/20

(NJDOH Guidance 3-26-20 Click here)


A Message from the Belmar/Lake Como Office of Emergency Management March 25, 2020

To all Essential Retail Businesses in Belmar and Lake Como as defined in NJ Executive Order Numbers 107 and 108
(Essential Retail Businesses 3-25-20 Click here)

CALL TO ACTION Help us Help you

The Borough of Belmar is seeking donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
(Call to action flyer Click here)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 25, 2020 County officials announce major donation drop off site for desperately needed supplies; provide COVID-19 updates

(COVID-19 donation drop off site Click here)

ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER MANDATORY FACILITY CLOSURES No. 2020-5 

Essential Retail Businesses Beaches and Boardwalks
(Admin Order No. 2020-5 Click here)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 24, 2020  Monmouth County has 307 positive cases of COVID-19

For Immediate Release: March 24, 2020 

FREEHOLD, NJ –Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone and Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley have announced that, as of March 24, there are 307 positive cases of COVID-19 in Monmouth County. The breakdown by municipality is as follows: 

Aberdeen: 10 • Asbury Park: 6 • Atlantic Highlands: 2 • Belmar: 2 • Bradley Beach: 2 • Brielle: 4 • Colts Neck: 8 • Eatontown: 13 • Englishtown: 5 • Fair Haven: 10 • Farmingdale: 1 • Freehold Borough: 1 • Freehold Township: 28 • Hazlet: 17 • Holmdel: 8 • Howell: 14 • Keansburg: 2 • Keyport:1 • Lake Como: 1 • Little Silver: 12 • Long Branch: 7 • Manalapan: 27 • Manasquan: 3 • Marlboro: 29 • Matawan: 3 • Middletown: 22 • Millstone: 3 • Monmouth Beach: 2 • Neptune: 12 • Neptune City: 1 • Ocean: 7 • Oceanport: 4 • Ocean Grove: 1 • Red Bank: 5 • Rumson: 5 • Sea Bright: 1 • Sea Girt: 3 • Shrewsbury: 2 • Shrewsbury Borough: 1 • Spring Lake Heights: 1 • Tinton Falls: 6 • Union Beach: 1 • Wall: 4 • Upper Freehold: 5 • West Long Branch: 4 As more information becomes available, it will be shared with the public and the media. News updates and information regarding County events and programs affected by the COVID-19 situation are posted at www.visitmonmouth.com

County officials to announce major donation drop off site for desperately needed supplies

FREEHOLD, NJ – Healthcare workers and first responders are in desperate need of supplies as personal protective equipment has become scarce while battling COVID-19. In order for them to do their jobs and continue to protect the public, Monmouth County Officials are announcing a large donation drop off site in Monmouth County asking for essential supplies tomorrow, Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 10 a.m. at the Monmouth County Police Academy.

In addition to this announcement, the latest efforts on how Monmouth County officials continue to respond to COVID-19 will be discussed and the Monmouth County Clerk will discuss changes to the May municipal elections and petition filing for the June primary election.

Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone, Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden, Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley, Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon and Monmouth County Public Health Coordinator Christopher P. Merkel will make remarks.

The press conference will be live streamed on the Monmouth County Government’s Facebook and YouTube Channel.

When: 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25

Where: Monmouth County Police Academy 

2000 Kozloski Road, Freehold 



For Immediate Release: March 23, 2020 Monmouth County has 207 positive cases of COVID-19

FREEHOLD, NJ –Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone and Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley have announced that, as reported to the Monmouth County Health Department on March 23, there are 207 positive cases of COVID-19 in Monmouth County.

“As we see these numbers climb, while anticipated, it reminds us why social distancing is so important,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “It is critical for everyone to practice social distancing so that we can slow the spread.”

The breakdown by municipality is as follows:

  • Aberdeen: 7
  • Asbury Park: 4
  • Atlantic Highlands: 1
  • Belmar: 1
  • Bradley Beach: 1
  • Brielle: 2
  • Colts Neck: 8
  • Eatontown: 11
  • Englishtown: 2
  • Farmingdale: 1
  • Freehold Borough: 1
  • Freehold Township: 28
  • Hazlet: 15
  • Holmdel: 5
  • Howell: 17
  • Keansburg: 2
  • Keyport: 1
  • Lake Como: 1
  • Little Silver: 3
  • Manalapan: 22
  • Manasquan: 3
  • Marlboro: 21
  • Matawan: 2
  • Middletown: 7
  • Millstone: 1
  • Monmouth Beach: 1
  • Neptune: 10
  • Neptune City: 1
  • Ocean: 4
  • Oceanport: 4
  • Ocean Grove: 1
  • Red Bank: 2
  • Rumson: 1
  • Sea Girt: 1
  • Shrewsbury: 2
  • Tinton Falls: 4
  • Wall: 4
  • Upper Freehold: 4
  • West Long Branch: 1

The Freeholders also announced that they have been notified that NY Waterway has suspended all ferry service to the Belford Ferry Terminal. More information can be found on nywaterway.com.

 

Monmouth County Parks remain open, but with no access to any buildings or modern restrooms. Port-a-johns are provided at most locations. Golf courses and playgrounds are closed and all programs are cancelled through at least April 3. As always, Park Rangers are on duty to provide assistance as needed.

 

As more information becomes available, it will be shared with the public and the media. News updates and information regarding County events and programs affected by the COVID-19 situation are posted at www.visitmonmouth.com.

 

 

The Belmar Recycling Center is closed until further notice.

(Recycling Center document Click here)

Monmouth County Division of Behavioral Health

NJ HOPELINE: 855-654-6735*Suicide prevention hotline
Cop 2 Cop: 1-866-cop-2cop*Helpline for law enforcement and their families
Mom 2 Mom: 1-877-914-6662*Peer support for Moms 
Vet to Vet: 1-866-838-7654*Helpline for veterans
2nd Floor Youth Helpline: 888-222-2228*Helpline for youth 
CRISIS SERVICES*On site mental health crisis assessment and stabilization 
Psychiatric Emergency Screening Services (PESS)732-923-6999
Children’s Mobile Response and Stabilization Services877-652-7624

 

Mental Health Telephone Support Available During COVID-19 Outbreak

The NJ Mental Health Cares Helpline Offers Support to Individuals Experiencing Anxiety and Worry Related to the Coronavirus Pandemic

March 23, 2020 

(TRENTON) – New Jerseyans feeling the emotional and mental toll of COVID-19 can get support from a special helpline.

NJ Mental Health Cares, the state’s behavioral health information and referral service, will now also offer help to people dealing with anxiety and worry related to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. New Jerseyans can call 1-866-202-HELP (4357) for free, confidential support.  NJ Mental Health Cares will be answered from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week by live trained specialists.

NJ Human Services’ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services provides support to the Mental Health Association of New Jersey (MHANJ) to operate the line.

“This is a very challenging time for so many of us,” said Carole Johnson, Commissioner of NJ Human Services. “We want to make sure that New Jerseyans have a safe space to talk to someone about their worries and concerns. The thoughtful and caring team at NJ Mental Health Cares are here – at the other end of the phone line – to help.”

“Talking to others and staying connected with friends and family can help reduce anxiety and make people feel more in control,” DMHAS Assistant Commissioner Valerie Mielke said. “The trained specialists answering these phones can help callers take care of their mental health during this difficult time.”

“In times of crisis, it is important to pay as much attention to your mental health as your physical health,” said Mental Health Association of New Jersey President and CEO Carolyn Beauchamp. “Life has shifted drastically and quickly – this causes us to feel that we are not in control, which adds to the intensity of these emotions.”

NJ Human Services’ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services has previously partnered with the Mental Health Association of New Jersey to operate the state’s mental health call line following Superstorm Sandy and 9/11.

 Along with providing help for mental health issues related to COVID-19, the NJ Mental Health Cares helpline will also continue to offer general mental health support and referral. It does not provide any medical or financial advice or referrals.

For the latest medical information, including mental health guidance and tips, visit the Centers for Disease Control’s website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html.

For the latest information about the COVID-19 outbreak in New Jersey, go to the NJ Department of Health’s website:nj.gov/health/cd/topics/ncov.shtml.

For the latest COVID-19 guidance and information for individuals, families and providers, visit NJ Human Services’ website:nj.gov/humanservices/coronavirus.html.


 

Exposure Guidance for Confirmed COVID19 for Non-Healthcare Setting

(Click to View)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 22, 2020 Monmouth County has 156 positive cases of COVID-19; Governor's Executive Order closes golf courses

FREEHOLD, NJ –Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone and Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley have announced that, as of March 22, there are 156 positive cases of COVID-19 in Monmouth County.

The breakdown by municipality is as follows:

  • Aberdeen: 6
  • Allentown: 2
  • Asbury Park: 1
  • Atlantic Highlands: 1
  • Belmar: 1
  • Bradley Beach: 1
  • Brielle: 2
  • Colts Neck: 3
  • Eatontown: 4
  • Englishtown: 1
  • Fair Haven: 1
  • Farmingdale: 1
  • Freehold Borough: 1
  • Freehold Township: 28
  • Hazlet: 8
  • Holmdel: 2
  • Howell: 8
  • Keyport: 1
  • Little Silver:3
  • Long Branch: 7 (1 Tinton Falls Quarantined in LB)
  • Manalapan: 22
  • Manasquan: 3
  • Marlboro: 9
  • Matawan: 1
  • Middletown: 7
  • Millstone: 1
  • Monmouth Beach: 1
  • Neptune: 10
  • Neptune City: 1
  • Ocean: 4
  • Oceanport: 2
  • Red Bank: 2
  • Rumson: 1
  • Sea Girt: 1
  • Tinton Falls: 4
  • Wall: 4
  • West Long Branch: 1

The Freeholders also announced that, due to the Governor’s Executive Order, all Monmouth County golf courses have been closed. Monmouth County open park spaces remain open.

As more information becomes available, it will be shared with the public and the media. News updates and information regarding County events and programs affected by the COVID-19 situation are posted at www.visitmonmouth.com.

A Message from Chief Tina Scott Coronavirus scams 3/22/20

(Coronavirus scams document Click here)

NEW JERSEY COVID-19 Information Hub

Call (General COVID-19 Questions): 2-1-1 (7a-11p)

Call (Clinical Questions): 1-800-962-1253 (24/7)

covid19.nj.gov

Prevent Worker Exposure to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

(OSHA Alert 3/21/20 Click here)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 21, 2020 

Monmouth County has 98 positive cases of COVID-19

(Monmouth County 3/21/20 Press Release Click here)

Governor Murphy's Executive Orders 107 and 108 March 3/21/20

(Summary of Executive Orders 107 and 108 Click here)

MEETING CANCELLATION BELMAR ZONING BOARD

Belmar Zoning  Board Meeting scheduled for March 26, 2020 has been cancelled  (Meeting Document click here)

State of New Jersey Dept of Law and Public Safety 

ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER MANDATORY FACILITY CLOSURES No. 2020-3

(ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER No. 2020-3 Click here)

NJDOH Healthcare Personnel (HCP)^ EXPOSURE to Confirmed COVID-19 Case Risk Algorithm 3/20/20

(NJDOH Healthcare Personnel document click here)

NJOHSP Intelligence Note 3/20/20 False Text Messages 

Part of Larger COVID-19 Disinformation Campaign

(COVID-19 Disinformation document click here)

 

COVID-19 Corona Virus Communication Cards

Corona Virus Card (ENGLISH) COVID -19 
Corona Virus Card (SPANISH) COVID -19 

By Order of the Belmar Police Department 3/19/20 (Boardwalk Notice)

(COVID-19 Group Boardwalk Notice Click here)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 20, 2020 

Monmouth County has 55 positive cases of COVID-19

FREEHOLD, NJ –Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone and Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley have announced that, as of March 20, there are 55 positive cases of COVID-19 in Monmouth County. The breakdown by municipality is as follows: 

Aberdeen: 2

Asbury Park: 1

Bradley Beach: 1

Brielle: 1

Colts Neck: 1

Freehold Borough: 1

Freehold Township: 8

Hazlet: 5

Howell: 1

Keyport: 1

Little Silver: 3

Long Branch: 5 (1 Tinton Falls resident Quarantined in LB)

Manalapan: 8

Marlboro: 2

Matawan: 1

Middletown: 4

Millstone: 1

Monmouth Beach: 1

Morganville: 1

Neptune: 2

Ocean: 1

Rumson: 1

Sea Girt: 1

Wall: 2 

As more information becomes available, it will be shared with the public and the media. News updates and information regarding County events and programs affected by the COVID-19 situation are posted at www.visitmonmouth.com 

 

A Message from Chief Tina Scott 3/20/20

Belmar Police Department Weekly Contest for Pre-K through 8th Grade Belmar Elementary

(Contest Document Click here)

March 20, 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

(Monmouth Declaration of Emergency COVID-19 Click here)


Monmouth County signs Emergency Declaration; extends restriction for public access through April 3 FREEHOLD, NJ – The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders held a press conference on Friday, March 20 to announce the signing of a Monmouth County Emergency Declaration. 

“Our top priority remains to be the safety of our residents and our employees during this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “We feel that a Monmouth County Declaration of Emergency is the best way for us to ensure that we are able to take swift action to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of the residents of Monmouth County.”  

The Monmouth County Emergency Declaration gives the County the ability to restrict access to County facilities, activate and staff the County Emergency Operations Center and utilize County employees where needed, including assignments outside of their normal work locations. 

“It is challenging to work under these circumstances, but this emergency declaration reinforces the fact that every effort is being made to protect essential personnel and residents of Monmouth County in the safest possible manner,” said Sheriff Shaun Golden. “I commend the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders for working closely with the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office, Office of Emergency Management in issuing this important declaration.” 

All public access to County buildings and programs will be extended through Friday, April 3rd. This includes all Monmouth County Library branches and the Monmouth County Park System buildings. 

The Monmouth County Division of Social Services will continue to accept clients in the reception area where precautions have been put into place to ensure that there is no physical contact between Monmouth County employees and the residents seeking services. 

Alternative work plans are being put into place for Monmouth County employees and they will still be available to residents by phone and by email.  

“We know that this pandemic is not only affecting our workforce, I have spoken to many business owners throughout the County and I want every small business owner to know that we stand in support and want to help you in any way that we can,” said Freeholder Director Arnone. “One way I am trying to help the business community is by joining Middletown Mayor Tony Perry in the ‘Takeout Thursday’ initiative.” 

“This initiative encourages everyone to order takeout or buy a gift card from a local restaurant or business every Thursday and then use the hashtag #TakeoutThursday to promote these businesses online,” added Freeholder Director Anrone. “I hope you will all join me in helping our friends and neighbors who are trying to operate in alternative ways during this challenging time.

”The Health Department has established a COVID-19 hotline to answer general questions. The number is 732-845-2070 and it is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.  

“If you or anyone you know are having feelings of anxiety or stress because of COVID-19, call the Health Department’s COVID-19 hotline, which also has crisis counselors available,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley, liaison to the Departments of Health and Human Services. “The coronavirus epidemic can make many of our residents feel overwhelmed with anxiety and fear. Make sure to take breaks from social media and the news. Take care of your body by taking deep breaths and try to mediate, get plenty of sleep, eat healthy, exercise and avoid alcohol and other drugs. Find activities that you enjoy, or talk to people who you trust about your concerns.” 

For more information and updates from Monmouth County, go to www.visitmonmouth.com.

Playground & Athletic Fields / Courts Best Practices During the COVID-19 Outbreak 3/19/20

(Playground & Athletic Fields Best Practices Click here)

 

Belmar/Lake Como Office of Emergency Management (Food Establishments) 3/19/20

We have compiled a list of Belmar Food Establishments that will be open for your convenience.  This list is subject to change based on circumstances.

(Belmar Updated 3-19-20 Food Establishments Click here)

Boroughs of Belmar and Lake Como, New Jersey OEM COVID-19 Update 3/18/20

(OEM Update Click here)

A message from Belmar Police Chief Tina Scott: Operational Reassurance 3/18/20

(Operational Reassurance Program Click here)

Park & Playground Best Practices During COVID-19 Outbreak 3/18/20

(Park & Playground Click here)

 

Belmar/Lake Como Office of Emergency Management (Food Establishments) 3/17/20

We have compiled a list of Belmar Food Establishments that will be open for your convenience.  This list is subject to change based on circumstances.
(Belmar Updated 3-19-20 Food Establishments Click here)

Belmar/Lake Como Office of Emergency Management (Belmar Pharmacies) 3/17/20

Belmar Pharmacies, Hours of Operation (Belmar Pharmacies Click here)

Shade Tree Commission Meeting Information for March 18, 2020

The March 18th meeting of the Shade Tree Commission will be an online meeting. Anyone interested in attending can send an email to shadetree@belmar.com and they will be sent instructions. 

Belmar Borough Council Meeting March 17, 2020 at 6:00pm

In accordance with the New Jersey State Emergency Declaration, The Belmar Borough Council Meeting scheduled for tomorrow, March 17, 2020 at 6:00pm will be a Video Conferencing Online Meeting without public attendance. 

To join the meeting via the online platform "ZOOM": 

1. Click this link: https://zoom.us/j/712058004

2. Enter your FULL NAME and email
Please sign on before 6:00pm to view and participate. 

Other ways to call in: 
Or iPhone one-tap :US: +13126266799,,712058004#  or +16465588656,,712058004#
Or Telephone:Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location) :US: +1 312 626 6799  or +1 646 558 8656  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 301715 8592  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 669 900 9128
Webinar ID: 712 058 004
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/acdtzAgVSW

Governor Phil Murphy - Executive Order No. 104

03/16/2020 at 4:00PM

Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 104, implementing aggressive social distancing measures to mitigate further spread of COVID-19 in New Jersey. Among the directives, Governor Murphy’s Executive Order indefinitely closes all public and private preschool, elementary and secondary schools, and institutions of higher education, as well as closes all casinos, racetracks, gyms, movie theaters, and performing arts centers. The order also mandates that all non-essential retail, recreational, and entertainment businesses must cease daily operations from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. All restaurant establishments, with or without a liquor license, are limited to offering only delivery and/or take out-services only, both during daytime hours and after 8 pm.

“In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, we must take aggressive and direct social distancing action to curtail non-essential activities in the state,” said Governor Murphy. “Our paramount priority is to ‘flatten the curve’ of new cases, so we do not overwhelm our health care system and overload our health care professionals who are on the frontlines of the response. My Administration continues to work closely with our communities, stakeholders, union representatives, and business leaders to ensure that we all do our part to win the fight against the novel coronavirus and emerge stronger than ever.”

In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, Governor Murphy’s executive order directs:

  • All gatherings of persons in the State of New Jersey shall be limited to 50 persons or fewer, with limited exceptions;
  • All public, private, and parochial preschool programs, and elementary and secondary schools, including charter and renaissance schools, will be closed beginning on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, and remain closed as long as the Order remains in effect;
  • Institutions of higher education will cease all in-person instruction beginning on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, and shall cease such in-person instruction as long as the Order remains in effect;
  • The Commissioner of Education shall continue working with each public, private, and parochial school to ensure students are able to continue their education through appropriate home instruction
  • The Secretary of Agriculture and the Commissioner of Education shall take all necessary actions to ensure all students eligible for free or reduced meals will continue to receive the services necessary to meet nutritional needs during closures;
  • All casinos, concert venues, nightclubs, racetracks, gyms, fitness centers and classes, movie theaters, and performing arts centers will be closed to the public beginning on Monday, March 16, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. and remain closed as long as this Order remains in effect;
  • All other non-essential retail, recreational, and entertainment businesses must cease daily operations from 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m.; and
  • All restaurant establishments, with or without a liquor or limited brewery license, are limited to offering delivery and/or take out-services only.

The order will take effect immediately.

"These are extraordinary times, and educators throughout the state have been taking extraordinary measures to create plans for high-quality home instruction, ensure food security for children who depend on free and reduced lunch, and provide services for all special needs students,”said Education Commissioner Lamont O. Repollet. “We understand that the closure can be a disruption for many parents, but we know nothing is more important than the safety of the 1.4 children we serve.”

“We understand this is an unprecedented situation, and we are asking institutions to be extra vigilant in protecting the health and safety of their students, faculty, staff and the entire campus community. As institutions move to remote instruction, we urge them to ensure there are appropriate accommodations in place for students with disabilities, those who may not have access to internet services, and students who call their campus community home,” said Dr. Zakiya Smith Ellis, Secretary of Higher Education. “We continue collaborating with institutions to address concerns.”

Click: Executive Order No. 104

Please see the message below from the Belmar Police Department in reference to the COVID-19.

03/16/2020 at 11:00 AM


The Belmar Police Department is constantly monitoring the evolving recommendations for thehealth and safety of the public and our police officers as they relate to COVID-19.In order to continue providing the best police services to both the Belmar and Lake Comocommunity, the Belmar Police Department will be limiting our face-to-face interactions whenpossible. We are concerned with the health and well-being of our staff as well as the public weserve. As this virus continues to spread, our goal is to maintain a healthy police force for thecontinuation of services without resorting to contingency plans. If you come to the police station to file a report, or to speak to an officer, know the conversationmay occur through a window and/or intercom. We are encouraging you to call in to the station rather than walk in for non-emergencies. Non-emergent matters may be reported over the phone and an officer will take your report in thismanner. This applies to a variety of less serious offenses that ARE NOT IN PROGRESS. If you are calling for medical assistance and are requesting first aid/EMS, the dispatcher will askyou a series of questions to make sure that all pertinent information is relayed to the officer and/or EMS that will be responding. When it is possible, you will be asked to exit your home and meet with the officer or members of the first aid/EMS.If it is determined that a response by an officer is warranted, please understand that they arelikely to keep a “safe distance” and unlikely to shake hands, etc. Again, this is out of anabundance of caution to keep our staff and the public safe and not an indicator of the officers’willingness to help. OFFICERS WILL ALWAYS RESPOND TO CRIMES OF VIOLENCE AND CRIMES AGAINST APERSON. Rest assured, we are here for you, as you would expect. IF YOU NEED US CALL US. The onlything we are temporarily changing is the manner in which we provide our services not the quality of the services we provide. 

The Belmar Police Department has established its own 9-1-1 emergency call system and all calls are dispatched through the Belmar Police Department Dispatch Center.
You can contact the Belmar Police Department by calling (732) 681-1700 

Thank you for your cooperation.

 

 

STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARATION

03/15/2020 at 12:00 AM

 

WHEREAS, Coronavirus disease 2019 (“COVID-19”) is a contagious, and at times fatal, respiratory disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus; and

WHEREAS, oarch 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic; and

WHEREAS, on January 31, 2020, the United States Department of Health and Human Services Secretary declared a public health emergency of the United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, on March 9, 2020, the Governor of the State of New Jersey declared a Public Health Emergency and State of Emergency in the State of New Jersey via Executive Order No. 103; and

WHEREAS, the Executive Order No. 103 of the Governor directs the activation of County and Municipal emergency operation plans, in order to fully and adequately protect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the State of New Jersey from any actual or potential threat or danger that may exist from the possible exposure to COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, as of March 12, 2020 there were 29 presumed positive cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey and 5 cases in Monmouth County, and the spread of COVID-19 will be exponential without effective containment; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to the powers vested in me by Chapter 251 of the laws of 1942, as amended and supplemented, N.J.S.A. App. A:9-30 et seq.; N.J.S.A. 40:48-1(6);  Section 2-9 of the Borough’s Ordinances, whichever law or laws apply, in consultation with the Borough’s Chief of Police, I DO DECLARE and PROCLAIM that a state of emergency exists within the Borough of Belmar and I hereby ORDER and DIRECT the following:

1. All Borough Departments and agencies shall provide all necessary assistance to Federal, State and Local authorities to protect the health, welfare, and safety of the citizens of the Borough during this COVID-19 outbreak, and shall prioritize the most vulnerable Borough residents and develop the appropriate contingency plans to avoid any disruption of services and shall take all reasonable measures to protect the health and safety of our vulnerable and at-risk populations.

2. All Borough employees shall follow all local, County, State and Federal health recommendations, in addition to Centers for Disease Control recommendations including but not  limited to handwashing, sanitizing, and basic infection control procedures.

3. I have directed all Department and Agency Heads to develop a continuity of government plan in order to ensure that essential government functions remain uninterrupted.

4. I have directed the Office of Emergency Management to request additional supplies and Personal Protective Equipment for emergency responders in order to ensure our essential personnel are protected and can continue to provide these critical public safety services.

5. I have redirected the Police Department to prioritize their response strategy to critical medical emergencies in order to protect members from unnecessary exposure and conserve protective equipment.

6. We will be suspending non-essential Borough sponsored events, assemblies, and meetings throughout the Borough until further notice.

 7. All municipal permits for special events are hereby cancelled and invalidated during this state of emergency.

8. To combat COVID-19, the Borough shall be permitted whenever necessary to procure the necessary goods or services, which are not available under contracts currently in existence with the Borough, without complying with the NJ Local Public Contracts Law (N.J.S.A. 40A:11-6 seq) including but not limited to the following:

a. To award emergency contracts, including but not limited to emergency contracts or leases for relocation support of Borough operations for professional services for purchases of commodities, services and technology.

b. To purchase food supplies, services and equipment

c. To procure any supplies or equipment required to ensure adequate sanitization, cleaning or sterilization of any facility or location.

Moving forward, the Borough will be providing timely updates to the public as additional information becomes available via www.belmar.com and social media outlets. All affected municipal functions and closures are currently posted on the website. I also encourage all residents and local business owners to register with our Code Red system for the latest information. These proactive steps serve to protect essential functions of municipal government and reduce both the potential of immediate virus spread as well as the associated inundation on our local healthcare system.

This order shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect for thirty (30) days or until such time as the Declaration is rescinded.

Mayor Mark Walsifer

Important Message from Mayor Mark Walsifer

03/15/2020 at 12:00 AM

 

Please take a moment to read this Memo as it contains important information about the Borough of Belmar’s response to the threat of the spread of COVID-19. 

To our knowledge, there is no specific issue in our community now.  However, the health and safety of our Employees, First Responders, Residents, Business Owners, and Visitors remains our top priority.

The following proactive steps serve to protect essential functions of municipal government and reduce both the potential of immediate virus spread as well as the associated inundation on our local healthcare system.

The Coordinator of the Borough of Belmar Office of Emergency Management is in regular contact with the Monmouth County and NJ State Health and Emergency Management Teams and has been working together to monitor this evolving situation. Out of an abundance of caution, we have taken steps to modify our Borough services.

Effective Monday March 16, 2020, the Belmar Municipal Building, 601 Main Street, Belmar NJ, 07719 will be closed to the public until further notice. Our Front Office Staff will be working from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm and you can call 732-681-3700 and follow the prompts for the department you require.  If you have any questions, please call.

The Belmar Borough Council Meeting on Tuesday March 17, 2020 at 6:00pm will proceed as scheduled. Please refer to the Belmar Borough Website for information on future Council meetings.

The Belmar Planning Board Meeting scheduled for Monday March 16, 2020 is cancelled. 

 

Belmar Police Department:

The Police Department lobby will be closed to the public until further notice. The Police Department, Fire Department and First Aid Squad remain at full staff.  Call 911 in the event of an emergency and 732-681-1700 for non-emergency issues.

The Belmar Police Department is constantly monitoring the evolving recommendations for the health and safety of the public and our police officers as they relate to COVID-19.

In order to continue providing the best police services to both the Belmar and Lake Como community, the Belmar Police Department will be limiting our face-to-face interactions when possible. We are concerned with the health and well-being of our staff as well as the public we serve. As this virus continues to spread, our goal is to maintain a healthy police force for the continuation of services without resorting to contingency plans. 

If you come to the police station to file a report, or to speak to an officer, know the conversation may occur through a window and/or intercom.

We are encouraging you to call in to the station rather than walk in for non-emergencies. Non-emergent matters may be reported over the phone and an officer will take your report in this manner. This applies to a variety of less serious offenses that ARE NOT IN PROGRESS. 

If you are calling for medical assistance and are requesting first aid/EMS, the dispatcher will ask you a series of questions to make sure that all pertinent information is relayed to the officer and/or EMS that will be responding.  When it is possible, you will be asked to exit your home and meet with the officer or members of the first aid/EMS.

If it is determined that a response by an officer is warranted, please understand that they are likely to keep a “safe distance” and unlikely to shake hands, etc. Again, this is out of an abundance of caution to keep our staff and the public safe and not an indicator of the officers’ willingness to help. 

OFFICERS WILL ALWAYS RESPOND TO CRIMES OF VIOLENCE AND CRIMES AGAINST A PERSON.

 

Tax and water payments can be mailed to 601 Main Street, Belmar, NJ 07719. You can also pay tax bills and water/sewer bills online and view account statuses.

Most of our forms and applications can be found online at http://www.belmar.com, Print Municipal Documents. Construction Permit forms can be found online at https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/codes/resources/constructionpermitforms.html. Questions on what type of permit forms to submit can be directed to the Municipal Clerk at 732-681-3700 Ext. 225 or clerk@belmar.com. 

 

Vital Statistics: Marriage Licenses can be obtained by appointment only by contacting the Municipal Clerk, 732-681-3700 Ext. 225 or clerk@belmar.com. For certified copies of marriage licenses: Please call the Municipal Clerk to schedule an appointment if the record is required immediately. Otherwise you can go to https://www.state.nj.us/health/vital/order-vital/online-requests/index.shtml to order your records online from the State Office of Vital Statistics & Registry. 

 

There is a MAIL SLOT located in the front lobby off the Main Street Entrance where you can drop off payments for the Municipal Court, tax and water, construction permits, applications and other documents. The door will be open from 8:30am until 4:30pm. PLEASE FOLLOW THE POSTED INSTRUCTIONS.

The Belmar, Lake Como, and Spring Lake Municipal Court sessions are canceled until further notice. If you have a court appearance scheduled, you will receive a new court date in the mail. Please call 732-681-3700 and follow the prompts for any questions.

 

The Belmar Public Library is closed until further notice and all library programs will be postponed.

 

All Belmar Recreation programs are cancelled until further notice.

 

The Taylor Pavilion and the Belmar Historical Society will be closed until further notice. 

 

There are no changes in recycling and trash pickup and the Belmar Recycling Center remains open.

 

Belmar Season Beach Badge pickup is suspended until further notice although you can still purchase Regular Belmar Season Beach Badges online at https://register.communitypass.net/reg/index.cfm. Badges can be mailed for a fee of $10.00 or you can pick them up once Borough Hall is reo