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A commissioner is the elected county government representative in New Jersey who serves on the county’s main governing body, the Board of County Commissioners.
It took effect April 7, 2020.
Resolution 317-20 lifted the lodging restrictions effective as follows: a. Rentals for a duration of greater than thirty (30) days shall be permitted effective 12:01am, Monday, May 11, 2020;
b. Rentals for a duration of less than thirty (30) days shall be permitted effective 12:01am, Monday, June 1, 2020;
c. Hotels and motels may operate at a capacity of 60% of its full capacity effective 12:01am, Monday, June 1, 2020; and
d. Hotels and motels may operate at full capacity effective 12:01am, Monday, June 22, 2020.
The County Resolution is primary, and the municipal proclamation is supplementary. Administrative Order 2020-08 permitted counties and municipalities “to impose additional restrictions in response to COVID-19 on the ability of hotels, motels, guest houses, or private residences, or parts thereof, to accept new transient guests or seasonal tenants,” and further identified the County Director of Emergency Management as the designee responsible for determining whether any hotel, motel, guest house, or private residence is permissibly housing individuals who are “transient guests or seasonal tenants.” The County Director of Emergency Management will make a determination based upon the County Resolution; however, municipal restrictions that supplement and are not contrary to the County Resolution should also be followed.
Violating the resolution is a disorderly person offense pursuant to N.J.S.A. Appx. A:9-49 and 50. Individuals found guilty of a violating N.J.S.A. Appx. A:9-49 or 50 are subject to a fine of up to $1,000.00 and six months in jail, at the court’s discretion.
Not at the present time. First responders and healthcare workers are permitted to be lodged by a hotel, motel, campground, guest house or other transient, seasonal or short-term rental business only if the lodging is as a result of their official duties. At present neither the Cape May County Department of Health nor the Cape May County Office of Emergency Management have determined a need for this lodging. Any reservation or agreement for lodging should be accompanied by a letter from the Cape May County Department of Health or Office of Emergency Management confirming the need for this lodging.
Yes, you are permitted to take any and all actions up to the point of delivering possession of the premises. You are prohibited from lodging (delivering possession of the premises) transient guests or seasonal tenants as defined by County Resolution 250-20.
Yes, you can perform work to prepare your business for the season. County Resolution 250-20 prohibits you from lodging (delivering possession of the premises) transient guests or seasonal tenants.
Yes, it violates the Resolution. County Resolution 250-20 prohibits the lodging of transient guests or seasonal tenants, whether they are staying for free or being charged up until the dates May 11, June 1 or June 22 date, as applicable.
The purpose and intent of County Resolution 250-20 is to stop individuals who are not residents of Cape May County from coming into the County at this time. Therefore, if you are a resident of Cape May County and temporarily displaced from your home, you are permitted to secure a short term rental under the resolution. If you are not a resident of Cape May County, it is prohibited by County Resolution 250-20.
No, at the present time they are prohibited from being lodged in a hotel, motel, campground, guest house or other transient, seasonal and short-term rental business. The intent of County Resolution 250-20 is to stop all individuals who are not permanent residents of Cape May County from coming into Cape May County while wecombat the spread of COVID-19. The County’s goal is to rescind this travel restriction as soon as it is no longer detrimental to the health and welfare of our residents. It is permitted consistent with the dates contained in County Resolution 317-20; specifically:
a. Rentals for a duration of greater than thirty (30) days shall be permitted effective 12:01am, Monday, May 11, 2020;
c. Hotels and motels may operate at a capacity of 60% of its full capacity effective 12:01am, Monday, June 1, 2020;
d. Hotels and motels may operate at full capacity effective 12:01am, Monday, June 22, 2020.
Yes, members of the armed forces are excluded from the prohibition.
No. Resolution 250-20 states that existing guests and tenants should not need to be evicted.
The New Jersey Senate just introduced S.B. 2345 requiring a refund or credit for transient space reservations when public health emergency or state of emergency is in effect. Further, the County anticipates our business community or property owners would refund any deposits or payments received for a reservation or short-term rental that is cancelled due to the COVID-19-related travel restrictions.
You should consult your municipality for direction.
Yes, you should cancel if Resolution 250-20 is still in place on the date you are scheduled to be lodged in a hotel, motel, campground, guest house or other transient, seasonal and short-term rental business.
This is a private legal matter and you should consult with an attorney. You may also file a Consumer Complaint Form with the Cape May County Department of Consumer Affairs.
This is NOT the plan to reopen the County. This is a proposal to the Governor on how and when the County might be reopened. The dates within the proposal are suggested dates to give the Governor specific recommendations to consider. The dates take into consideration the current state of covid-19 trends and projections for when it might be safe to progressively reopen.
The Governor has left control of the beaches, boardwalks and rentals to the Counties and Municipalities, subject to the restrictions of the Governor’s Executive Orders and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control. The Governor has taken control of most other businesses and public facilities. Consequently, no County or Town will be able to fully implement a reopening plan without restrictions being lifted by the Governor.
Any reopening of the County will be guided by health care data, Covid-19 trends, and best practices. Important protocols will be in place such as those being followed now with masks and social distancing. And special precautions will be taken to protect Seniors and others who are most vulnerable. Unfortunately, the virus will be with us for some time. We will all need to take these precautions very seriously to dampen the spread and make sure our health care facilities can effectively care for anyone who needs medical help. We have suffered the tragic loss of some of our neighbors and this is hard on our close-knit community. Fortunately, for most people who contract the disease it is unlikely that they will face hospitalization or the risk of dying.
The Cape May County region is considered the 7th most vulnerable region in the entire United States if faced with a Covid-induced recession according to an analysis by the Brookings Institution from March 17, 2020.
Cape May County consistently generates over $6 billion in direct tourism revenue annually. The County also generates well in excess of $500 million in state sales tax and local use taxes annually. This equates to approximately $1.5 million per day. Of such taxes collected in New Jersey, this figure represents over 10% of the statewide total. Tourism-related businesses created 26,572 direct jobs in Cape May County in 2018, the last year for which compiled data is available. Cape May County outpaces all other counties in the following categories:
The average median household income in Cape May County from 2014-18 was $63,690, according to Census data. The income per capita during that time period was just $38,496. With regard to permanent residents, in a county of under 100,000 people, over 23% of the population is directly employed in retail or food service and accommodation. Nearly every sector of Cape May County’s economy is dependent on the tourist season. Cape May County, given its low per capita income and its utter dependence on tourism, stands in a uniquely vulnerable economic position.
As of this writing on May 8, 2020, it is difficult to predict. Much will depend on the decisions of the Governor and the status of Covid-19 trend data. But the Recovery Initiative is in regular communication with the Governor’s Office. Our businesses and governments at all levels are preparing and advocating for a safe, smart and progressive reopening of the County when conditions allow.
Review the proposal.
Requirements for operating businesses owners of buildings used for commercial, industrial, or other enterprises, and of residential buildings with at least 50 units, must implement the following policies at minimum:
Restaurants, cafeterias, food courts, bars, etc. that are still permitted to operate must adopt the following policies:
N.J. restaurants and bars that can open up 2 walls can reopen for indoor diningOpen-air restaurant will be able to resume a limited form of indoor dining, under an order Gov. Phil Murphy signed, as the state grapples with a rise in the spread of COVID-19. A restaurant that can open up two sides and have at least 50% of the wall space open, then food can be served with restrictions. The loosening of restrictions was possible because having half of a building’s wall space open allows for ample air flow.Indoor dining at traditional four-walled bars and restaurants will remain closed until the virus case numbers decrease. Outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery are still allowed.Open-air restaurant restrictions and policies are as follows:
State of NJ outdoor dining information.
The places we visit to swim, play, and relax in water include beaches — swim areas in oceans, lakes, and other natural bodies of water — and pools, water playgrounds, and hot tubs. There is no evidence that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can spread to people through water in these places.
The virus is thought to spread mostly person-to-person, by respiratory droplets released when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. The virus might also spread to hands from a contaminated surface and then to the nose, mouth, or possibly eyes. Infected people can spread the virus whether or not they have symptoms.
Fortunately, there are several actions you can take to reduce your risk of getting or spreading the virus when you go to public swim areas, such as beaches, pools, water playgrounds, and hot tubs.
Before you go:
Use social distancing in and out of the water
Wear cloth-face coverings when you are not in the water
Wash hands often and avoid sharing items:
State of NJ Guidelines for Public Gatherings.
Guidelines for Public Gatherings
The following links provide guidelines for aquatic venues during the COVID-19
Public Recreational Bathing/Swimming Pool FAQ
CDC guidelines on Considerations for Public Pools, Hot Tubs, and Water Playgrounds During COVID-19
Visit the Rutgers Agricultural Experiment Station for information regarding Farm markets and safety guidelines.
Maintaining Social Distancing and Safe Food Handling Practices: Guidance for Farm Markets (Rutgers NJAES)
Download Cleaning Guidance for Rentals
Cleaning Guidance for Rental Properties
This document provides guidance on cleaning and disinfecting of properties that house guests temporarily, such as short-term rentals, hotel rooms, ect. It is vital that proper procedures are followed to ensure the protection against COVID-19 for guests and employees.
Cleaning vs. Disinfecting
Please visit the link below for a list of EPA registered cleaning products.
Cleaning Hard (Non-porous) Surfaces
Soft (Porous) Surfaces
Safety of Cleaning Staff
The risk of exposure to cleaning staff is inherently low. Cleaning staff should wear disposable gloves and gowns for all tasks in the cleaning process, including handling trash.
Additional Resources for Cleaning
NEW SAFETY PROTOCOLS FOR MVC OPERATIONS
Contact tracing, a core disease control measure employed by local and state health department personnel for decades, is a key strategy for preventing further spread of COVID-19. Contact tracing is part of the process of supporting patients with suspected or confirmed infection.In contact tracing, public health staff work with a patient to help them recall everyone with whom they have had close contact during the time frame while they may have been infectious. If you receive a call from a Health Department contact tracer the purpose is to warn the exposed individuals (contacts) of their potential exposure as rapidly and sensitively as possible. In order to stop the spread of the disease it is important to answer all contact tracer questions accurately and completely.Contacts are provided with education, information, and support to understand their risk, what they should do to separate themselves from others who are not exposed, monitor themselves for illness, and the possibility that they could spread the infection to others even if they themselves do not feel ill. Being the contact of someone who had close contact with a COVID-19-postive person does not require testing.For example, if you have a coworker whose family member is a confirmed case, you are not necessarily at risk. Despite coming into contact with the coworker, you did not have close contact with the person who actually has COVID-19.Contacts are encouraged to stay home and maintain social distance from others (at least 6 feet) until 14 days after their last exposure, in case they also become ill. They should monitor themselves by checking their temperature twice daily and watching for cough or shortness of breath. To the extent possible, public health staff should check in with contacts to make sure they are self-monitoring and have not developed symptoms. Contacts who develop symptoms should promptly isolate themselves and notify public health staff. They should be promptly evaluated for infection and for the need for medical care.“As the population of Cape May County increases in the summer months, so do the number of individuals being testing for COVID-19. Testing is available to those who need it, but it is important to know when to get tested,” said Kevin Thomas, Health Officer.It is especially important to get tested if:
Testing negative does not make an individual exempt from continuing to take preventative measures, such as social distancing, wearing a face covering, and hand hygiene. The average incubation period of COVID-19 is 2-14 days, which is why the recommendation is to self-quarantine for 14 full days, even with a negative COVID-19 test.
Your help is the key to stopping the spread of COVID-19 and protecting your loved ones.Contact tracers are calling with life-saving information that will keep you, your loved ones, and your community safe and healthy.When a Cape May County contact tracer calls, it’s because you tested positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has – so it’s critical that you answer the phone.How Contact Tracers Will Reach OutContact tracers will reach out via phone, text message, or letters dropped off at your door. Contact tracers will provide their name, agency, and a phone number.If you have any doubts about the legitimacy of your conversation with a contact tracer, you may hang up and call your local health department. You should also feel free to request the name and ID of anyone who calls.What a Contact Tracer Will NOT Ask:
If someone is requesting personal information covered above, it is likely a scam. You can report these calls online to the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs or by calling 973-504-6240.What a Contact Tracer WILL AskTo ensure you have the care you need and the support to keep you and your family safe, you may be asked:
If you tested positive for COVID-19:
Your information is confidential. Your name will not be released to your contacts or your COVID-19 status – that information will only be known to public health officials and our local health departments.We will encourage you to let your contacts know about your illness, and we will call your contacts to let them know they have been exposed and what steps they should take to protect themselves and their loved ones. But again, we will not tell them your name. If you are staying at home during the isolation period, the contact tracer will discuss any needs you may have and connect you with additional support should you need it.
The State has issued an updated incoming travel advisory that all individuals entering New Jersey from states with a significant spread of COVID-19 should quarantine for 14-days after leaving that state.Under the 14-day quarantine travel advisory announced by the Governors of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, individuals traveling to or returning to New Jersey from states with increasing rates of COVID-19 are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days. This includes travel by train, bus, car, plane and any other method of transportation.The 14-day quarantine travel advisory applies to travel from certain states identified as those that have a positive COVID-19 test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or have a 10% or higher positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average ("impacted states.").
Follow this link for the current Quarantine Travel Advisory
Gyms and fitness centers must keep their indoor spaces closed to the public, however they are permitted to offer individualized indoor instruction by appointment only to individuals and their families, caretakers, or romantic partners.If multiple instructions are taking place at the same time in the same facility, they must take place in separate rooms or be separated by a floor-to-ceiling barrier that complies with all fire code requirements if they take place in the same room.Gyms and fitness centers must institute the following policies:
Require reservations, cancellations and prepayments be made via electronic or telephone reservation systems to limit physical interactionsGuidance for EmployeesGyms and fitness centers must implement safety policies for employees that include, but are not limited to:
Yes, so long as ceremonies and receptions comply with the limits on gatherings and other safety guidelines.At this time, indoor wedding ceremonies may be held so long as they comply with the limits on gatherings. Weddings, funerals, memorial services, and religious and political activities protected under the First Amendment must be limited to 100 people or 25% of a room’s capacity -- whichever number is lower. All attendees at indoor gatherings must wear face coverings and stay six feet apart.However, indoor wedding receptions may not be held and indoor wedding venues, indoor catering halls, and indoor banquet halls remain closed in New Jersey.To save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19, wear a mask, wash your hands, practice social distancing, and stay home if you are sick. Face coverings are required in indoor public spaces and in outdoor public spaces when social distancing is difficult to maintain.
WEDDING CEREMONIES AND VENUESOutdoor wedding ceremonies and receptions may be held so long as they comply with the limits on outdoor gatherings, which limits events to 500 people at one time, and social distancing must be practiced.Unfortunately, dance floors at venues are closed due to the high-risk of spreading COVID-19 in these spaces, where many individuals may be in close contact with one another.Indoor wedding ceremonies may be held so long as they comply with the limits on indoor gatherings, which limits events to 100 people or 25 percent of a room’s capacity, and all attendees are required to wear face coverings and stay six feet apart.However, to save lives and prevent the further spread of COVID-19, indoor wedding receptions may not be held at this time, and indoor wedding venues, indoor catering halls, and indoor banquet halls remain closed in New Jersey along with all indoor dining.
Yes. District staff, students, and visitors are required to wear face coverings except under the following circumstances:
Face coverings may be removed during physical education or music classes, provided individuals are in a well-ventilated location and able to maintain a physical distance of six feet apart. Vigorous exercise, as well as music and choir classes in a confined space (e.g., indoors) may contribute to transmission of COVID-19 and should be limited. Consider conducting such activities in an area with greater ventilation or air exchange (e.g., outdoors). When students are not singing or playing an instrument that requires the use of their mouth, they should wear a face covering in music class (unless class is outdoors and distance can be maintained).
Face coverings may be provided by the student’s family/guardian and can be included as part of the back to school supplies list provided to families/guardians prior to the start of school year. Schools should provide extra disposable face coverings for students who need them (e.g. students who forget or misplace their face coverings) and should provide face coverings for students that are experiencing financial hardship and are unable to afford them to the greatest extent possible.
Districts should provide (in addition to normal supplies) any additional supplies/materials necessary for staff to do their jobs. For example, teaching staff, nursing staff, food service professionals, etc., should be provided with gloves, as necessary.
The Road Back (p. 25-27) advises that special consideration should be given to protect staff members, such as school nurses, custodians, and some special education teachers, paraprofessionals and services providers, who will be in close contact with students or handle waste materials. As a resource, the Department’s guidance also refers to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s memo regarding Guidance on Required Safety Supplies for Re-opening Schools, which provides additional information on the quantity and type of PPE materials for such staff members.
Based on updated reopening standards from the Department of Education, all students and staff are required to wear face coverings. Cloth face coverings are different than surgical face masks (which could also be worn but which are in short supply and should generally be reserved for healthcare workers). Cloth face coverings should be washed at the end of every day (sooner if they become wet or soiled). Single use disposable face masks should be changed daily unless they become damp or soiled, in this case they should be replaced immediately.
Currently, the CDC does not recommend use of face shields as a substitute for face coverings. Therefore, they may not be used to satisfy face covering requirements. However, they may be an option for students with medical or other challenges that preclude the use of face coverings. If face shields are used without a mask, they should wrap around the sides of the wearer’s face and extend to below the chin.
What you need to know
Should you go out? Learn what factors to consider before you head out.
View the Boater's Guide to Cape May County for a list of marinas including a map, map of the harbors, map of boat ramps and map of the yacht clubs.
A Commissioner is the elected county government representative in New Jersey who serves on the county’s main governing body, the Board of County Commissioners.
If you have questions about the benefits available through the Discount Health Services Program, call the UNA Networks of America customer service number, toll-free at 1-877-321-6755. The Cape May County Department of Health does not have details on the specific program benefits and costs.
The two types of Law Enforcement positions available within the Sheriff's Office are Sheriff's Officer and Correctional Officer.To be eligible for either position, you must first file a LAW ENFORCEMENT SERIES APPLICATION with the New Jersey Civil Service Commission to take the examination for these positions...For more information please go to our Employment Page.
Since the attack on 9-11, the Cape May County Sheriff's Office will not send agency patches through the mail. Only requests made in person will be honored and only if the patches are available.
The Cape May County Correctional Center has upgraded our online visitation program. As of May 10, 2016 we use Securus Technologies for our Online Inmate Visitation Services. Be sure to read the Rules and Instructions posted on the Correctional Center Visitation Page before coming to the Correctional Center.Remote Online Visitation hours will be from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., 7 days a week. There will be no visits scheduled from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.. Each inmate in general population is allowed up to 3 online visits per day. Go to our Visitation Page for more information on how to schedule an ONLINE visitation.Face to face visiting is longer conducted at the Cape May County Correctional Center. Visitation will be done by video terminals at the Correctional Center. Go to our Visitation Page for more information on hours and scheduling of an ONSITE visitation. Visitation is by appointment only for both online and on site.
To find out the bail status or condition of release on any inmate that is currently incarcerated in the Cape May County Correctional Center, View the Currently Incarcerated Inmates page of this website. This website is updated once, daily. If the person you are looking for is not listed then call the Sheriff's Correctional Division Jail Records at (609) 465-1233 for more information.
You can send a letter to an inmate at the following address:Cape May County Correctional CenterC/O Inmate (John Doe)# 4 Moore Road DN-501Cape May Court House, NJ 08210Please note: Mail to an inmate must be letters only. Do not send cash, checks, stamps or pictures, etc. All mail is screened and these items will be removed and not forwarded to the inmate. Items will be discarded and not returned to sender.Money Orders for Commissary accounts are no longer accepted. Please see the new process for putting money into an inmates commissary account.
The Cape May County Sheriff's Office does not do Police Background Checks by telephone, fax or e-mail. All requests must be sent via US Postal Service with a return self addressed stamped envelope and a signed copy of the subjects records release form included.Send to:Cape May County Sheriff's Office#4 Moore Rd. DN-301Cape May Court House, NJ 08210Attn: I.D. Unit
Depositing of money into an inmate's commissary account is done electronically. Go to the Commissary page for detailed information on how to use the electronic system. We no longer accept Money Orders.
Tenants cannot be evicted solely because the property where they live is in foreclosure or has been foreclosed. Go to our Sheriff's Sales Procedure page for information.
If you are having an issue at or with your school district, please contact the schools principal first, then the schools superintendent. If this is issue is unable to be resolved the problem must be presented to the school board at their monthly meeting. If this issue is still unresolved, please contact our office at 609-465-1281
If you are looking for information regarding school closures please go to your districts websites for the most up to date information.
Contact Rachel Raffaele at the County Superintendent's Office, can answer all your questions regarding certification. She can be reached by calling 609-465-1282.
Substitute teacher packets are obtained from your local district's board of education office. These packets are then filled out by the potential employee and returned to that school district. If you have questions once you've obtained your packet, contact the school district, or Rachel Raffaele at 609-465-1282.
You may register online or contact the Education Department at 609-465-6832.
Yes, summer zoo camp sessions fill up quickly. We encourage you register as quickly as possible. However if the session you are interested is full we would be happy to put you on awaiting list.
Camp is designed to be a full week experience. If you are unable to attend a full week, camp is still full cost.
No, unfortunately each week and each session is specifically tailored toward a certain age group. Our age restrictions ensure that we focus on appropriate subject matter and activities.
Unfortunately, as much as we would love to have you participate, our space is limited and camp is for children only.
The Education Department hires and trains four seasonal camp counselors. Each counselor goes through background and drug testing; as well as CPR and First Aid Certification training. Counselors have a background in animal care, child care, education, natural sciences, and or environmental studies.
No,unfortunately only pre-registered campers can attend. If you know anyone interested in Zoo Camp please tell them to contact our Education Department prior to the start of camp.
The Cape May County Park and Zoo tries to meet the needs of as many children as possible. Our zoo camp program is geared for children to engage in group activities that include “live” animal interaction, as well as interaction with children of the same age group. We do not have trained staff or have extra personnel available for children with special needs. Please contact the Education Department before the start of camp about your special needs child to discuss any concerns and to see if Zoo Camp is an appropriate environment for your child.