On April 7, 2020, Governor Murphy issued Executive Order No. 118 closing all State Parks and Forests and County parks to the public. This Order shall take effect on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at 8:00 pm, and shall remain in effect until revoked or modified by the Governor, who shall consult with the Commissioner of DOH as appropriate.
In line with the Governor’s Executive Order today and to protect all Monmouth Beach residents, all Borough parks and beaches will be closed as of 8 am, Wednesday, April 8, 2020. A list of closures is as follows:
- Griffin Street Park
- Priscilla Ireland Brower Park at Shorelands
- Raccoon Island Park
- The Borough Monmouth Beach beaches from the Sea Bright border south to the Long Branch border.
This decision was not made easily but in the end, our residents’ safety, as we have said from the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, is our paramount concern.
Mayor Sue Howard
Excerpts from Executive Order 118:
- WHEREAS, since the issuance of Executive Order No. 107 (2020), public interaction and gatherings at county and state parks throughout the State, including lands under the Department of Environmental Protection’s (“DEP”) jurisdiction, have been observed in a manner that is inconsistent with and threatens to undermine the social mitigation strategies necessary to limit the spread of COVID-19, creating risks to public health; and
- WHEREAS, recent instances of non-compliance with Executive Order No. 107 have continued in the State Parks and Forests despite verbal warnings and orders to disperse gatherings, ejections from the parks, and the issuance of citations by law enforcement; and WHEREAS, public usage of State Parks and Forests, as well as county parks, is anticipated to increase during the upcoming spring holiday season and beyond as the weather continually improves outdoors; and
- WHEREAS, such increased public usage is likely to encourage additional public interactions and gatherings at State Parks and Forests, as well as county parks, that are inconsistent with and threaten to undermine the State’s current social mitigation strategies required by Executive Order No. 107 (2020); and
- WHEREAS, it is in the public interest to take decisive action to protect public health by further discouraging uses of public lands that are inconsistent with Executive Order No. 107 (2020); and
- NOW, THEREFORE, I, PHILIP D. MURPHY, Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:
- Paragraph 3 of Executive Order No. 108 (2020) is hereby superseded to the extent that it allows counties to impose additional restrictions at county parks in response to COVID-19.
- All State Parks and Forests and county parks must close to the public as long as this Order remains in effect. The State Director of Emergency Management, who is the Superintendent of State Police, shall have the discretion to make additions, amendments, clarifications, exceptions and exclusions to the categories of parks subject to this Order.
- It shall be the duty of every person or entity in this State or doing business in this State and of the members of the governing body and every official, employee, or agent of every political subdivision in this State and of each member of all other governmental bodies, agencies, and authorities in this State of any nature whatsoever, to cooperate fully in all matters concerning this Executive Order.
- Penalties for violations of this Executive Order may be imposed under, among other statutes, N.J.S.A. App. A:9-49 and -50. 5. This Order shall take effect on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at 8:00 p.m., and shall remain in effect until revoked or modified by the Governor, who shall consult with the Commissioner of DOH as appropriate.