New Jersey, New York and Connecticut Open Marinas for Personal Watercraft Use

FREEHOLD, NJ — It has taken 24 days for the number of positive coronavirus cases to double in Monmouth County — the longest period of time of any county in New Jersey, according to state officials.

County officials on April 19 credited this successful effort in flattening the curve of COVID-19 to its residents, “who are all doing their part and practicing social distancing.”

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Monmouth added 141 new positive cases, bringing its total to 4,669. Deaths climbed by five to 226. Statewide, there are 85,301 confirmed cases, with 915 new confirmed test results reported (see breakdown below). Total deaths stand at 4,202, an increase of 132 over the previous day. 

In other related news, New Jersey joined with New York and Connecticut in opening marinas, boatyards and marine manufacturers for personal watercraft use — as long as strict social distancing and sanitization protocols are followed.

Assemblyman Edward H. “Ned” Thomson (R-Monmouth), whose represents the 30th District which includes Belmar and Lake Como, praised the decision. “Boating and related industries are a vital part of our shore economy and support a tremendous amount of jobs in our area,” he said.  “I am pleased the governor is allowing this industry to operate, so we can keep these businesses open and keep more people working as we get through this crisis.”

Charter boat rentals remain prohibited and on-premises restaurants can open only for takeout and delivery.  Facilities can operate boat lifts, as well as launch and retrieve boats, and yacht clubs can utilize their marina operations.

“This a common-sense approach that allows these businesses to operate while taking necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus,” said Thomson.  “I am hopeful this is just the first step toward re-opening our state and our economy in a safe manner that will help our businesses start to get back on their feet.”

In Monmouth, the breakdown of total positive cases by municipality is as follows, with the addition of three new cases in Belmar and one in Lake Como:

  • Aberdeen: 131
  • Allenhurst: 2
  • Allentown: 4
  • Asbury Park: 94
  • Atlantic Highlands: 18
  • Avon-by-the-Sea: 9
  • Belmar: 13
  • Bradley Beach: 22
  • Brielle: 22
  • Colts Neck: 55
  • Deal: 23
  • Eatontown: 135
  • Englishtown: 19
  • Fair Haven: 18
  • Farmingdale: 9
  • Freehold Borough: 167
  • Freehold Township: 408
  • Hazlet: 174
  • Highlands: 20
  • Holmdel: 150
  • Howell: 410
  • Interlaken: 1
  • Keansburg: 79
  • Keyport: 55
  • Lake Como: 12
  • Little Silver: 26
  • Loch Arbour: 1
  • Long Branch: 266
  • Manalapan: 327
  • Manasquan: 24
  • Marlboro: 315
  • Matawan: 116
  • Middletown: 369
  • Millstone: 54
  • Monmouth Beach: 17
  • Neptune City: 24
  • Neptune Township: 243
  • Ocean: 188
  • Oceanport: 41
  • Red Bank: 97
  • Roosevelt: 2
  • Rumson: 27
  • Sea Bright: 7
  • Sea Girt: 9
  • Shrewsbury Borough: 25
  • Shrewsbury Township: 7
  • Spring Lake: 7
  • Spring Lake Heights: 15
  • Tinton Falls: 102
  • Union Beach: 30
  • Upper Freehold: 32
  • Wall: 166
  • West Long Branch: 51
  • Unknown: 31


The  COVID-19 Information Hub has been created by the N.J. Office of Innovation, providing live updates, resources and other vital information on the coronavirus.

For more information on novel coronavirus, click here to access the N.J. Department of Health website and click here for the latest details from CDC. 

Anyone with questions can call the N.J. Poison Control Center hot line at 1-800-222-1222  or email

NJ 211 is handling COVID-19 related calls from residents. Text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive text information and stay informed. To receive live text assistance, residents can text their zip code to 898-211.


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