4 more Jersey Shore towns closing their beaches, boardwalks, halting rentals due to coronavirus – NJ.com

The beaches of Wildwood and North Wildwood will close on Wednesday to help fight the spread of coronavirus.

In a joint statement released Monday afternoon by the city of Wildwood Mayor Pete Byron and North Wildwood Mayor Patrick Rosenello, the beaches in both towns would be closed beginning midnight Wednesday, April 8 through at least May 1.

Furthermore, Wildwood Crest Mayor Don Cabrera announced on Facebook the boroughs beaches and bike path were closed until further notice, and Avalon also announced its beaches and boardwalk would close.

The mayors of Wildwood and North Wildwood also halted short-term rentals of 30 days or less through sites such as Airbnb with the exception of municipal, state, county, or federal agencies who require the use of a location. Employees of essential businesses would also be exempt from the ban.

The mayors added that while they are also closing the North Wildwood and Wildwood boardwalks and the North Wildwood Bike Path and Seawall, people will be permitted to walk, run, or bike on the North Wildwood locations before 8 a.m.

In Avalon, the towns mayor said the town has to make tough decisions to stress that social distancing and stay-at-home orders are necessary to get through the pandemic. The town is also stopping short-term rentals.

There will be a time when properties can be rented, and visited freely, but that time is not now. Im asking every property owner and rental platform to strictly adhere to these painful but necessary executive orders and directives as health and safety are our only priorities at this time," Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi said in a statement released on the boroughs website.

The move follows what many other shore towns are currently doing to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Cape May has banned short-term rentals and closed its beaches and its Promenade. Ocean City has also banned short-term rentals, along with Seaside Heights, Sea Isle City, and Asbury Park.

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