MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ — Asbury Park is the latest shore town to close its boardwalk in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Its decision comes several days after Gov. Phil Murphy issued an order giving Jersey Shore municipalities the power to impose additional restrictions on beach and boardwalk access at this time.

Asbury Park beaches remain open for now, but are subject to closure should social distancing guidelines not be followed, according to a statement by Mayor John Moor. 

“In our continued effort to ensure the safety of our residents and visitors, we are taking the necessary step of closing the Asbury Park Boardwalk to the public,” said Moor, “As nearby beaches and boardwalks close, we are seeing an increase in visitors and traffic on the boardwalk — making it impossible to ensure appropriate social distancing.”

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Spring Lake and Sea Girt also have closed their boardwalks, but are keeping beach access open at specified locations. 

In Ocean County, the Point Pleasant Beach boardwalk and Inlet Parking Lot have been closed. Seaside Heights has put its beach off-limits and may extend the ban to the boardwalk if people do not comply with social distancing. Lavallette and Island Heights have closed its boardwalk and beach.

Farther south in Cape May County, Ocean City has closed its boardwalk and beaches. 

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