WARETOWN, NJ – When the coronavirus crisis began overtaking the State of New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy issued a series of executive orders. In coordination with the governor’s orders, Patrick J. Callahan, as State Director of Emergency Management, provided some clarification by way of amendments. The overall effect acts to provide guidance to the Ocean Township Committee on the issue of short-term rentals.

“We have prepared a resolution that we expect to pass when we meet later this week,” shared Ocean Township Mayor Ken Baulderstone. “Since it’s not an ordinance, we are not required to go through two readings.”

According to directives received from the state, municipalities may impose restrictions in response to COVID-19 as far as hotels, motels, guest houses, or private residences, to accept new transient guests or seasonal tenants.

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There are a few restrictions when it comes to determining what constitutes transient guests or seasonal tenants. For example, individuals receiving government emergency and/or housing assistance are excluded from restrictions. Like other communities, Ocean Township is precluded from restricting healthcare workers taking temporary residence in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last month, questions arose regarding whether short term rentals should be permitted in Waretown.  At that time, Murphy had already issued Executive Order. No. 108   Shore communities are not prepared for people to head to bay and beach areas.  Officials anticipate that this will alleviate some concerns regarding public health issues.

Ocean Township Committee’s regular business meeting is scheduled for Thursday. April 9th at 7 pm. Readers should look for information regarding virtual access to the live session. While the public will not have the opportunity to attend the meeting in person, allowances will be in place for public commentary.