Avalon Update on Covid-19 Restrictions/Updated May 6, 2020

Gubernatorial/Mayoral Executive Orders:

New Jersey, the County of Cape May, and the Borough of Avalon have numerous executive orders in place that eliminate non-essential travel and strongly encourage “stay at home”.  A list of all executive orders from Governor Phil Murphy are included in this link:  https://nj.gov/infobank/eo/056murphy/approved/eo_archive.html

Of note is EO 107, which requires social distancing and includes very limited exemptions to the order restricting non-essential travel.  Other executive orders change the date of the primary election from June 2, 2020 to July 7, 2020; extending the public health emergency; putting in regulations involving the business operations; regulating construction sites; and other matters.  This order continues indefinitely and remains in effect until rescinded by the Governor.

Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi has issued two executive orders, the latest being issued on April 6, 2020 that prohibits short-term rentals until executive order(s) are rescinded.  Previously, all 16 mayors of Cape May County issued a statement to strongly discourage non-essential visitation until the Governor’s executive orders are rescinded.  These orders and directives remain in effect until action is taken by the Governor, County, or Borough of Avalon.  The Governor has made it clear during this pandemic that one set of rules will be followed, and they are issued by the State of New Jersey.


Allowable Travel in New Jersey:

Non-essential travel in New Jersey is prohibited.  The Governor’s executive order regulating non-essential travel has only several exceptions.  They are:


  • obtaining goods or services from essential retail businesses,
  • obtaining takeout food or beverages from restaurants, other dining establishments, or food courts,
  • seeking medical attention, essential social services, or assistance from law enforcement or emergency services,
  • visiting family or other individuals with whom the resident has a close personal relationship, such as those for whom the individual is a caretaker or romantic partner
  • reporting to, or performing, their job
  • walking, running, operating a wheelchair, or engaging in outdoor activities with immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners while following best social distancing practices with other individuals, including staying six feet apart
  • leaving the home for an educational, religious, or political reason
  • leaving because of a reasonable fear for his or her health or safety; or
  • leaving at the direction of law enforcement or other government agency

No other travel is allowable in New Jersey until the Governor rescinds his executive order.


What is Closed in Avalon:

The following building and facilities are closed in Avalon and will only be reopened when executive order(s) are rescinded:

-Beaches and boardwalk, as well as the Beach Tag Booth  Note: Avalon’s beaches will be open dawn to dusk starting Friday, May 8th, 2020 for walking/running/surfing/fishing only.  No stationary activities are allowable.

-Playgrounds, athletic fields, parks, tennis/pickleball courts, basketball courts, and other recreation facilities

-Municipal buildings including Borough Hall, Community Hall, Library, School, History Center, Public Works Building

-Avalon Trash and Recycling Drop Off Center is OPEN, located at 15th Street and Dune Drive, next to Public Works.

-Avalon’s two marinas are OPEN but only with strict social distancing guidelines followed.  Chartered watercraft services and rentals are prohibited per direction from the Governor.  The boat launch at Bay Park Marina is OPEN.


How Do I Contact the Borough:

Employees of the Borough of Avalon are working remotely.  Some department heads are working with limited hours at their actual offices to conduct essential business for the Borough.  Voice mail is checked on a regular basis.  To get a timely response to your question, please email the department or simply use the “Ask a Question” link on www.avalonboro.net and your question will be answered promptly, or forwarded to the appropriate department for review.


How Can I Get Beach Tags:

The Beach Tag Booth remains closed until further notice.  You can order your beach tags via mail by sending your check to the Avalon Tax Collector, 3100 Dune Drive, Avalon, NJ 08202.  You must include a self-addressed stamped envelope.  Your order must be received at Avalon Borough Hall no later than May 8, 2020.  You will be mailed a receipt that can be exchanged for the appropriate number of beach tags the next time you visit Avalon.  The cost of each pre-season tag is $25.  Visit the Beach Information page at www.avalonboro.net to learn how you can purchase tags through a smart phone application.

The cost of preseason beach tags for 2020 is $25.00.  Cash and checks are accepted for payment.  The cost of a seasonal beach tag will increase to $30.00 at a later date to be determined by Avalon Borough Council.  Beach tags will be required to access Avalon’s beaches from May 23rd-September 7th, 2020.  Starting Memorial Day weekend, the Beach Tag Booth will be open daily.

Through May 8th, you can also buy seasonal tags at this discounted price by sending a check made out to “Borough of Avalon”, and mail it to the Avalon Tax Collector’s Office, 3100 Dune Drive, Avalon, NJ 08202, Attn:  Beach Tags.  Customers shall include a self-addressed stamped envelope in which a receipt for the purchase will be mailed back, and can be exchanged at the customer’s convenience for the appropriate number of beach tags.  All mail in orders must be received and postmarked on or before May 8th, 2020, thank you.

Avalon continues to offer seasonal beach tag sales through the Viply app available on smart phones.  Additional information is available on the “beaches” link at www.avalonboro.net.


What Events are Cancelled:

All special events in Avalon are cancelled through Memorial Day weekend, including the annual Memorial Day Parade.  They include all of the events on Mother’s Day weekend, including the Avalon Garden Club Yard Sale.  The bulk trash event that typically follows the yard sale has been postponed.  Items shall not be placed curbside until June 1-14th; collection will begin on June 15th.  Please do not put items out curbside until June 1st as debris often winds up in streets and storm drains due to storm events.  Construction and remodeling materials are not collected at any time.  Avalon will have a second bulk trash pickup in September.  The Mull-Morial 5K Beach Run for Memorial Day weekend has also been cancelled, as well as events scheduled in June by the Avalon Performing Arts Council.


What Follows the Regular Schedule:

Trash/recycle collection, tax payments, water/sewer payments all continue on their regular cycles.