Monmouth County Updates
’Know Before You Go’ Beach Town Guide
May 19, 2020
The county has posted a guide to beach badge and parking information in coastal Monmouth towns. They urge beach goers to familiarize themselves with local rules before heading out.
Building Restrictions Continue Until May 31
Updated May 14
The Freeholders said all public access restrictions to County buildings and programs have been extended through Sunday, May 31. This includes all Monmouth County Library branches and the Monmouth County Park System buildings.
County Summer Parks and Programs Guide
Updated May 6
Due to the continued uncertainty about access to park buildings and other social distancing restrictions, registration for the Summer Parks & Programs Guide has been postponed until Wednesday, June 3.
County, State Parks To Reopen May 2
State parks and golf courses in New Jersey may reopen Saturday morning with restrictions after weeks of being closed to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday he’s signing an executive order that will take effect at sunrise Saturday. Visitors must continue to practice social distancing, including a “strong recommendation” to wear face coverings and stay local. Murphy said he reserves the right to reverse his decision if visitors don’t comply.
Restrictions include capping parking at 50 percent capacity, closure of playgrounds and pavilions and no organized sports. Social distancing will be enforced.
Updated April 29
The County’s Division of Behavioral Health and the Mental Health Association (MHA) of Monmouth County have partnered and enlisted the services of more than 60 volunteer, licensed counselors to provide behavioral health support to residents in need.
The County COVID-19 hotline will serve as the point of contact and provide initial support. Callers in need of continued support would then be connected to the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County.
Residents will be provided up to six telephone support sessions. If additional behavioral health services are needed beyond the six calls, the person would then be connected to a behavioral health agency for continued care.
Currently, there are two bilingual therapists and recruitment for volunteers is ongoing.
“There is a plan for targeted outreach to long-term care facilities as there may be a potential need for behavioral health support due to increased isolation in these facilities,” added Freeholder Deputy Director Sue Kiley. “Residents, who are experiencing feelings of uncertainty, fear or worry related to COVID-19 should call 732-845-2070 for support.”
County Extends Public Access Restrictions Through May 15
Updated April 27
Public access restrictions to County buildings and programs have been extended through Friday, May 15. This includes all Monmouth County Library branches and the Monmouth County Park System buildings.
“I want to reiterate that I do not support the indefinite closure of all county parks in New Jersey,” said Freeholder Director Arnone. “The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholds understands how important these parks and open spaces are for our residents’ mental health and wellness and we are going to be increasing our efforts to open the parks and golf courses.”
County Receives $108M in Federal Stimulus
Updated April 27
Monmouth County announced it has received nearly $108 million in federal stimulus money.
The $107,974,955.70 comes as part of the CARES Act, the $2.2 trillion stimulus package signed into law last month. It can be used to offset the unexpected expenditures related to COVID-19 from March 1, 2020 through Dec. 30, 2020.
At a press conference on April 27, Arnone said the county is in the process of working with the eight other counties, who were given federal stimulus money. The freeholders will come up with guidelines and protocols for the stimulus money. "We will be developing timelines and guidance for the municipalities to submit for reimbursement,” said Freeholder Director Arnone. “County Administrator Teri O’Connor and I will be in contact with the administrators and mayors of each town to communicate these guidelines and protocols.”
Passport service disruptions
Updated April 21
The Monmouth County Clerk said the U.S. Department of State has advised that they have limited their passport operations to further mitigate the spread of #COVID19. Applicants should anticipate significant delays with regard to expedited and routine passport services For more information, visit the Travel.State.Gov website.
Postponed: Made in Monmouth Expo
Updated April 21
The Made in Monmouth Event at Monmouth University that was originally scheduled to be held on April 18 has been postponed due to coronavirus. The event may be rescheduled for the fall. Meanwhile, you can browse the vendors and support local business in the Made in Monmouth Spring Shopping Directory.
List of Open Garden and Nursery Centers
Updated April 20
It started with restaurants that remained open with limited access to serve customers during the pandemic, and it has since expanded to include wineries and breweries. Now the county’s Economic Development division’s Takeout in Monmouth list has been expanded to include nurseries and gardening centers. See the Takeout in Monmouth - Garden Centers and Nurseries list.
Executive Order Violation Reporting Form
Updated April 20
The Monmouth County Health Dept. advises: If you believe an employer, organization, or entity is violating any Executive Order, please complete this form.
Monmouth County Pandemic Resource Guide
Updated April 16
The Monmouth County Dept. of Human Services has published a COVID-19 Pandemic Resource Guide that will be updated regularly. It includes:
Food pantries listed by municipality and countywide services, designated senior store hours, food delivery service
Pharmacies listed by municipality offering delivery and curbside service
Crisis Counseling, Behavioral Health Services, Health Department and Poison Control Information
Hotlines for Emotional Support and COVID-19 related information, including NJ Poison Control hotline
Veteran’s Self Care, Support and Benefits
First Responder’s Support Network
Financial Assistance including Housing, Mortgage, FEMA, SBA and Local Resources
Access the guide at this link.
The following events have been canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak
- 4/9/20: Historical Commission cancels the April 27, 2020 meeting
- 4/9/20: Recycling Office has cancelled the Backyard Composting Workshop on May 2.
- 4/6/20: Recycling Office has cancelled the paper shredding events on April 18 and 25 and May 16, 2020.
- 4/3/20: The 2020 Weekend in Old Monmouth (first weekend in May) is canceled.
- 3/20/20: The Monmouth County Spring Job Fair for April 17, 2020 is canceled.
- 3/17/20: Board of Elections has cancelled Poll Worker Training classes until May 4, 2020.
- 3/16/20: Monmouth County Tax Board appeals are postponed.
- 3/16/20: Made in Monmouth event is postponed.
Emergency Childcare Centers are opened for essential workers
Register at http://www.ChildCareNJ.gov/emergency
Monmouth ACTS & Office on Aging
Deputy Freeholder Director Sue Kiley gave an update April 9 on efforts by Monmouth ACTS, a new initiative that partners the county health department with county nonprofits.
- In response to a rising number of people under stress, 45 licensed mental health professionals have volunteered to help take calls for a mental health organization.
- The Office on Aging, through partners like Interfaith Neighbors, is feeding 500 seniors who are isolated in their homes and unable to get food. Also, volunteers from local organizations are also doing "comfort calls" to seniors and building an emergency contact database to help them in the future.
- A community resource guide is in the works for towns, providers and residents to know exactly where to go for help for things for food and medication delivery. The guide will be posted on the Monmouth Acts website.
- Childcare for essential workers is listed on the MonmouthACTS site for first responders.
People with symptoms should call a healthcare provider before going to a test site. Test results are averaging 4-6 days and results are provided by the testing site or your health provider. Stay informed by the CDC at or the state and county department of health.
’Take Out in Monmouth’ List Adds Breweries, Wineries
April 9, 2020
After launching last week, the "Take Out in Monmouth" list now lists 750 businesses and is growing. Every week new business categories will be added. This week, breweries and wineries will be added, announced Freeholder Director Arnone Thursday.
Monmouth County municipalities, local chambers as well as the County Divisions of Economic Development and Tourism continue to research and identify all food grocers, breweries, wineries and restaurants that are open.
To list your business or request a change in listing, email TakeOutInMonmouth@visitmonmouth.com.
County Parks Closed
April 7, 2020
All Monmouth County parks will be closed, effective April 8, following an Executive Order signed today by Gov. Phil Murphy.
“It is very unfortunate that the state and county parks had to be closed because of the lack of social distancing that has been taking place,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “We cannot stress enough that social distancing is the only tool we have to fight COVID-19. We need everyone to do their part to flatten the curve by staying at least six feet away from each other and staying home when feeling sick.”
All public shall be restricted from parks and golf courses. Park and golf course entrances and parking lots will be gated or barricaded and visitors who gain park access by foot or bike shall be directed to leave, as the parks will still be patrolled. Marina services are suspended but owners shall be provided access to their boats.
Donation Site Closed
April 5, 2020
The Monmouth County Donation Site at Thompson Park has closed and is no longer accepting donations.
“We are thankful to the 24 donors who have visited the site and provided much needed supplies which are being distributed to first responders, healthcare workers and other essential workforce employees,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “The Donation Center was operational for 10 days and 2,294 masks, 89,900 gloves, 408 gowns/protective suits along with numerous bottles of hand sanitizer were received. We are extremely grateful to all the donors.”
Anyone who still wishes to donate can contact the County Office of Emergency Management at 732-431-7400.
County Health Dept. Conducts Contact Tracing
April 3, 2020
The Monmouth County Health Department (MCHD) is working with State and Federal partners to share information and quickly provide updated guidance to our stake holders and to the public.
MCHD is conducting contact tracing even faster now, thanks to the help of our volunteer nurses.
Contact tracing is how MCHD contacts individuals with positive test results and identifies possible exposures, that way those individuals can properly self-isolate or quarantine. Isolation and quarantine helps protect the public by preventing exposure of healthy people to others who have, or may have, the disease. MCHD staff has been reassigned to further increase capacity to conduct contact tracing.
MCHD is continuing to operate a County phone bank with the help of Medical Reserve Corps volunteers and Disaster Response Crisis Counselors so we can respond to citizen’s questions and concerns. Since March 27, the phone bank has received 344 calls from the public.
MCHD is also responding to residents’ concern for our long-term care facilities. MCHD is in regular contact with these facilities and have sent them guidance on ways to enhance their infection control procedures. MCHD is also coordinating with the Monmouth County Office of Emergency Management to monitor staffing and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) levels of these facilities.
"Take Out in Monmouth" Website Launched
April 2, 2020
FREEHOLD, NJ – Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone held a press conference April 2 to announce “Take Out in Monmouth,” the newly-implemented initiative to assist restaurants in Monmouth County as a result of COVID-19 closures.
“Today we are announcing ‘Take Out in Monmouth,’ an initiative that will help both businesses and residents,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone, liaison to both the Division of Economic Development and Division of Tourism. “To help keep our food and restaurant industry open during this time, we are preparing a comprehensive list of all food and restaurant businesses that remain open for take-out and delivery. This information will then be placed on TakeOutinMonmouth.com.”
Numerous municipalities and local chambers of commerce have already created lists that have been shared online. A Countywide list of food and restaurant businesses will soon be available online at www.TakeOutinMonmouth.com.
Freeholder Director Arnone also provided updates on COVID-19 in Monmouth County and discussed the continuation of County operations.
“We are announcing today that County operations will continue, as they are now, through April 30, meaning restricted public access to buildings and County employees practicing social distancing and some working on alternative schedules,” said Freeholder Director Arnone. “The park open spaces will stay open, but that is only as long as every visitor to our parks follows social distancing guidelines and remains at least six feet away from other visitors. If these guidelines are not followed, we will have no choice but to completely close the parks.”
At the press conference, the Freeholder Director reminded County residents to go to 2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020 to ensure that their households are counted for the 2020 United States Census. The Census count determines how New Jersey is represented in Congress and directly impacts federal funding.
The Freeholder Director also thanked the many individuals who have volunteered to help the Monmouth County Health Department during this pandemic.
“As many of you know, at last week’s press conference, we asked any available nurses to volunteer with the Monmouth County Health Department to do case management,” added Freeholder Director Arnone. “I was overwhelmed by the response we received and I just want publicly thank each of the 26 school nurses, along with every other volunteer, who have stepped up to answer the call. It is times like this that make me so proud of our Monmouth County community.”
For more information about COVID-19 news and updates, go to www.visitmonmouth.com.
April 1, 2020
The Freeholders remind residents that today, April 1, is Census Day and ask all residents to go to 2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020 to make sure everyone in their household is counted. The Census count determines how New Jersey is represented in Congress and directly impacts federal funding.