With Covid-19 cases, including the angry Omicron variant cases floating around right now, the city of Asbury Park is the newest New Jersey township to introduce an indoor mask mandate.
The new, more easily transmissible variant is a major driver of the mandate as city government leaders work to prevent the virus from spreading and to keep residents who work and travel in Asbury Park as safe and healthy as possible.
The indoor mask mandate will go into effect starting Friday at 12:00 p.m., according to a statement from Asbury Park City Emergency Management Coordinator and Mayor John Moor.
Your implementing regulation, which is valid until further notice, applies to everyone aged 3 and over, which means that you must wear a mask every time you are in a restaurant, shop or other location within the city limits.
These include government institutions, bars, fitness studios, dance studios, leisure facilities, retail stores, cafes, supermarkets, convenience stores, places of worship, commercial establishments, salons, hairdressing salons, banks, health facilities and hotels.
It’s not just a mask job for employers and those who work in one of these places or elsewhere, but a job for anyone who steps through these doors.
The exception to the rule is if you have been eating or drinking for an extended period of time, or if you are socially distant, e.g.
“As mayors and councilors, our number one priority is the health and safety of our community,” Asbury Park Mayor John Moor said in a statement. “By more people wearing masks indoors, we hope to reduce the spread and keep people out of hospitals to minimize the burden on our healthcare system and potentially save lives. Our goal is to reduce the time it takes to return to normal without affecting our local businesses and residents in their daily lives. “
A risk of Covid has also been identified recently in Monmouth County alone, and this week alone, specifically between Tuesday and Thursday, 4,523 new cases have been reported in Monmouth County, with 9 new Covid-19-related deaths reportedly reported by the Monmouth County Commissioners and the Monmouth County Health Department.
In Asbury Park alone there were 102 cases over the same period. Since the pandemic started in 2020, 2,867 cases of Covid-19 have been reported in Asbury Park.
One of the places to get a vaccine in Monmouth County is at the Montessori Children’s Learning Center at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft. An appointment with the clinic is not required on Tuesdays from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
There are also free Covid-19 testing in Monmouth County, including some new locations coming Tuesday.
- Tuesday, January 11th in Long Branch, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Bucky James Community Center, 231 Wilbur Ray Ave.
- Tuesday January 11th in Freehold from 4-7 at the Freehold Borough Fire Department, 49 W. Main St.
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