LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como will not be issuing certificates of occupancy on residential rental properties, including summer and short-term vacation rentals, through at least the end of April.

Mayor Kevin Higgins notified borough residents yesterday, March 29 that he has suspended all property inspections, as the borough continues to function on a limited basis due to the coronavirus outbreak. The order to halt short-term rentals also applies to all accommodations booked through vacation rental websites, including Airbnb, VRBO and HomeAway. 

The borough has been under a state of emergency since March 13.

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Higgins also addressed the few reported cases of COVID-19 in the borough. “This is not a surprise, and I expect that number to climb in the next weeks and months with increased testing throughout the state,” he said in a statement posted on the borough’s Facebook page. “In no way is this a reason to panic, but I continue to stress the need for social distancing and personal hygiene to slow the spread of the virus and protect the most fragile residents in our community.”

The borough council plans to hold a “virtual meeting” on April 7 through a live video-conference that will provide online viewing for the public. Details will be announced as they are made available.

For more information on the moratorium on certificates of occupancy or any other borough-related issue, call the municipal offices at 732-681-3232 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday through Friday.

For borough updates, visit its website or Facebook page, or the Belmar/Lake Como Office of Emergency Management Facebook page.

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