To all citizens businesses, departments, divisions and offices within the boundaries of the Township of Neptune, County of Monmouth, State of New Jersey 

Whereas, pursuant to the powers vested in me by Chapter 251 of the Laws of 1942, as amended and supplemented, NJSA app a:9-30  et seq; NJSA 40:48-1(6) and local ordinance pursuant thereto; NJSA 2c:33-1 et seq; and all sections and subsections, I have declared that a Township-wide declaration of emergency exists within the Township of Neptune, County of Monmouth,

Whereas, the aforesaid laws authorize the promulgation of such orders, rules and regulations as are necessary to meet the various problems which have or may be presented by such emergency, and,

Whereas, by reason of the serious conditions which presently exist or are expected to occur within the Township of Neptune, County of Monmouth which may affect the health, safety and or welfare of the people, and

Whereas, it has been determined certain precautionary measures and preparedness actions will need to be implemented, and that certain restrictions may need to be enacted;

And further, that certain measures must be taken to insure order and to protect the persons and property affected by said conditions and includes the following actions that should be taken by all residents in compliance with New Jersey executive orders in connection with the COVID-19 outbreak;

1. All gatherings of persons in the State of New Jersey shall be limited to 50 persons or fewer, excluding normal operations at airports, bus and train stations, medical facilities, office environments, factories, assemblages for the purpose of industrial or manufacturing work, construction sites, mass transit, or the purchase of groceries or consumer goods.

2. All public, private, and parochial preschool program premises, and elementary and secondary schools, including charter and renaissance schools, shall be closed to students beginning on

Wednesday, March 18, 2020, and shall remain closed as long as this order remains in effect.

3. All institutions of higher education shall cease in-person instruction beginning on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, and shall cease such in-person instruction as long as this Order remains in effect. The Secretary of the Office of Higher Education shall have the authority to grant a waiver to allow in-person instruction to students on a case-by-case basis where a compelling rationale to allow such access exists. The Secretary of the Office of Higher Education shall coordinate with institutions of higher education to determine appropriate student housing conditions for those students who reside in on-campus housing as their primary residence.

4. The Commissioner of the Department of Education (“DOE”), in consultation with the Commissioner of DOH, shall be authorized to permit schools to remain open on a limited basis for the provision of food or other essential, non-educational services, or for educational or child care services if needed in emergency situations after consultation with the Commissioner of DOH. The Commissioner of DOE shall also have the authority to close any other career or training facilities over which he has oversight, after consultation with the Commissioner of DOH.

5. The Commissioner of DOE shall continue working with each public school district, and private and parochial schools as appropriate, to ensure that students are able to continue their educations during this time period through appropriate home instruction. Local school districts, charter schools, and renaissance schools, in consultation with the Commissioner of DOE, shall have the authority and discretion to determine home instruction arrangements as appropriate on a case-by-case basis to ensure all students are provided with appropriate home instruction, taking into account all relevant constitutional and statutory obligations.

6. The Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, in conjunction with the Commissioner of DOE, shall take all necessary actions to ensure that all students eligible for free or reduced meals shall continue to receive the services or supports necessary to meet nutritional needs during closures.

7. The following facilities are ordered closed to members of the public, effective 8:00 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2020. These facilities are to remain closed to the public for 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 this list:

a. Casino gaming floors, including retail sports wagering lounges, and casino concert and entertainment venues. Online and mobile sports and casino gaming services may continue to be offered notwithstanding the closure of the physical facility.

b. Racetracks, including stabling facilities and retail sports wagering lounges. Mobile sports wagering services may continue to be offered notwithstanding the closure of the physical facility.

c. Gyms and fitness centers and classes.

d. Entertainment centers, including but not limited to, movie theaters, performing arts centers, other concert venues, and nightclubs.


8. Other non-essential retail, recreational, and entertainment businesses must cease daily operations from 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. From 5:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., these businesses may remain open if they limit their occupancy to no more than 50 persons and adhere to social distancing guidelines. Examples of essential businesses excluded from this directive include: grocery/food stores, pharmacies, medical supply stores, gas stations, healthcare facilities and ancillary stores within healthcare facilities. 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 list of essential businesses and to the timelines applicable to operating hours.

9. All restaurants, dining establishments, and food courts, with or without a liquor license, all bars, and all other holders of a liquor license with retail consumption privileges, are permitted to operate their normal business hours, but are limited to offering only food delivery and/or take-out services. If alcoholic beverages are to be sold from a restaurant, dining establishment or bar with a liquor license, such sales shall be limited to original containers sold from the principal public barroom. All retail sales of alcoholic beverages by limited brewery licensees, restricted brewery licensees, plenary and farm winery licensees (and associated salesrooms), craft distillery licensees and cidery and meadery licensees must be in original containers and must be delivered by licensed entities and/or by customer pick up.

And the following actions that may, but not limited to, be taken by Township officials:

  • Implementation of curfews.
  • Assignment of municipal employees and volunteers to accommodate adjusted work hours and work processes as needed.
  • Enforcement of Executive Orders issued by the Governor.
  • Supporting activities of partner agencies to serve the community while working to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
  • Emergency acquisition of supplies and services and services to support our emergency response and recovery efforts.

Be it therefore resolved that, this emergency declaration inclusive or in part will be in effect until further notice, and that other restrictions or instructions may be added as deemed appropriate to ensure public safety.

Now therefore, in accordance with the aforesaid laws, I do hereby promulgate and declare that the above cited applicable regulations shall be in addition to all other laws of the State of New Jersey, the County of Monmouth and the Township of Neptune.


Michael J. Bascom                                                                 

Emergency Management Coordinator                  


Robert Lane, Jr.




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