COVID 19 Information and Resources

City Hall Open

City Hall is now open to the public with restrictions. Visitors should continue to enter through Cambridge Avenue entrance. A receptionist will contact the appropriate department for service. Visitors will be limited to one person per department. There will be no access to individual offices, and shields have been installed. Both visitors and employees will be required to wear face masks.


Update on Events and Activities

August 8, 9 - City wide yard sale 

August – Absecon Island Surfing Contest, date TBD 

August – National Night Out Canceled

September 4 - Ventnor Mile Run Canceled

The following precautions apply across all stages of reopening of activities or events:
- Social distance
- Wear masks in public when indoors and recommended as needed outside
- Wash hands
- Disinfect
- Minimize gatherings
- No mass gatherings, < 25 in one location

There may be other requirements to be followed based on event or activity.

As of now, there will be no surf camp, no summer baseball, no basketball, no volleyball, no county baseball league, no summer sports camp, no police national night out. 

On site cultural arts classes may resume late summer.

City events will be posted on the city’s Facebook page and website at appropriate times.

*Clinically high-risk individuals who can stay at home should continue to do so.

*All residents and businesses should follow state and federal safeguarding guidelines.


Beach and Boardwalk 

The beach and boardwalk are currently open to visitors under the following provisions.

Visitors are expected to follow social distancing guidelines - staying 6-feet apart as much as possible. It’s critically important that everyone respects these guidelines and each other so that we all can enjoy Ventnor’s greatest natural asset. An increased Police presence this summer on the beach will enforce the 6 foot guideline. 

The Governors Guidelines for beaches that apply to Ventnor are:

  • Extend social distancing to the beaches, ensuring that people stay six feet apart except for family groups, household members, caretakers or couples.
  • Facemasks are not required, but they are recommended.
  • Allow anyone on the beach, and not restrict it to just local residents.
  • Implement proper and regular sanitation rules.
  • Prohibit contact sports and organized events.
  • Prohibit beach summer camps and fireworks, festivals and concerts.
  • Open shower pavilions, changing areas and restrooms. Restrooms at parks can also reopen.

Surfing, paddle boarding, rowing and kayaking are permitted.

Pedestrians on the boardwalk should stay to the right side to maintain physical distancing. No dogs are allowed on the boardwalk at any time.Swimming at guarded beaches will be allowed at the normal four pre-season beaches including Headquarters Suffolk Ave, Dorset Ave, New Haven and Lafayette Avenues. 

These four locations will have two stands each to spread out bathing area. Swimming will expand to all guarded beaches as the season progresses.  Ventnor Fire Department will add two Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) to the beach during the day that are trained in Covid-19 Response to assist the Ventnor Beach Patrol. 

The City of Ventnor requires Beach Badges for the Beach from Memorial Day through Labor Day.


Beach Badge Purchase/Pickup Process

Effective June 1, Ventnor City will be offering a Seasonal Beach Badge for $15.00, cash or check only at City Hall, or through the Viply app.  Beach Badges can now be purchased or picked up at City Hall by entering through the Cambridge Ave doors, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This also includes Beach Badges that were purchased through the Viply app. 

Badges can also be pre-purchased using the Viply app or by mailing or dropping off a check to City Hall. Badges can be picked up if order received by close of business Wednesday of the prior week.

When mailing, address to the City Clerk at 6201 Atlantic Avenue, Ventnor, NJ  08406.  When dropping off, use the Cambridge Avenue entrance.   Check or money order only for mail-in or drop-off orders.

Please call the Ventnor City Clerk's Office for additional information at 609.823.7904 or email alongmore@ventnorcity.org.



Change in State Mandate Regarding Emergency Medical Services

All Patients MUST be screened for Covid -19 from a safe distance of (6) feet. 

Those exhibiting Fever of 100.4F or Higher / Cough / Shortness of breath will be assessed for Transport or Treatment in place in accordance to State guidelines.

We encourage everyone to practice social distancing to prevent the spread.

Click here to review the state guidelines regarding Emergency Medical Services



IMPORTANT LINKS



FOR BUSINESSES

Atlantic County Business Impact Survey 

Resources for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

Guidance for the Self-Employed 



MESSAGES FROM COMMISSIONERS

May 15, 2020

Today Ventnor Beaches remain open for Walking - Running/Jogging – Exercising- Dog walking (on leash only in accordance with local ordinance 72-6n) all while maintaining social distancing, and the Boardwalk remains closed.

However, Yesterday Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 143, allowing beaches and  boardwalks to open with social distancing measures in place. The order takes effect on Friday, May 22.

Ventnor will open our Beaches for swimming and sunbathing the following day, Saturday, May 23rd (5/23) and our Boardwalk the following week Friday, May 29th (5/29). 

Beachgoers are expected to follow social distancing guidelines - staying 6-feet apart as much as possible. It’s critically important that everyone respects these guidelines and each other so that we all can enjoy Ventnor’s greatest natural asset. An increased Police presence this summer on the beach will enforce the 6 foot guideline. 

Swimming at guarded beaches will be allowed Saturday, May 23rd at the normal four pre-season beaches including Headquarters Suffolk Ave, Dorset Ave, New Haven and Lafayette Avenues. 

These four locations will have two stands each to spread out bathing area. Swimming will expand to all guarded beaches as the season progresses.  Ventnor Fire Department will add two Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) to the beach during the day that are trained in Covid-19 Response to assist the Ventnor Beach Patrol. 

The City of Ventnor requires Beach Badges for the Beach from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

The Governors Guidelines for beaches that apply on May 23rd to Ventnor are:

• Extend social distancing to the beaches, ensuring that people stay six feet apart except for family groups, household members, caretakers or couples.
• Facemasks are not required, but they are recommended.
• Allow anyone on the beach, and not restrict it to just local residents.
• Implement proper and regular sanitation rules.
• Prohibit contact sports and organized events.
• Prohibit beach summer camps and fireworks, festivals and concerts.
• Open shower pavilions, changing areas and restrooms. Restrooms at parks can also reopen.

Since our showers are on the Boardwalk, they will not open until the 29th.  Social distancing must be maintained while using and waiting for the showers.

Opening of the boardwalk to normal bike and pedestrian traffic is planned for the following week starting Friday, May 29th. As always bike traffic will be limited to 6 AM to 12 PM Saturday and Sunday and Daylight hours Monday- Friday. Please continue to be courteous and respectful of others as these restrictions are lifted.

Also new this week Executive Order No. 142 allows Non-essential retail businesses to reopen to the public Monday, May 18 at 6:00 am but only where they adopt policies that include limiting gatherings of people to 10 or less and the same social distancing guidelines and preventative measures we have become familiar with. 

Because of the evolving nature of this community health situation the information here is subject to frequent change. Residents are strongly advised to stay up to date on the Federal, State, and local response to and guidance on the evolving COVID-19 situation. Please continue to follow this Facebook page and our website www.ventnorcity.org for our current policy regarding Covid-19. 

We thank you for your cooperation in this effort to bring back the activities we all love in Ventnor. Please continue to wear masks in public, practice social distancing and wash your hands frequently. 

Tim Kriebel
Ventnor City, NJ
Commissioner of Public Safety

Both Executive orders can be found here:
https://nj.gov/infobank/eo/056murphy/pdf/EO-143.pdf
https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.gfoanj.org/resource/resmgr/covid-19_/Executive_Order_142_Nonessen.pdf

May 8, 2020

VENTNOR BEACHES OPEN TODAY FOR:
Walking - Running/Jogging – Exercising- Dog walking (on leash only in accordance with local ordinance 72-6n) All while maintaining social distancing

PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES ON THE BEACH:
No swimming - No Sunbathing - No Sitting in chairs/towels - No Organized sports - No Groups of people - No Surfing – No Kayaking - No Paddle boarding -No Fishing -No Sailing

NO ACCESS TO BOARDWALK OTHER THAN CROSSING TO THE BEACH

Today we end our 9th week of Public Health State of Emergency in New Jersey and 7th week of Statewide Stay at Home order. Countywide totals have grown again Up 355 to 1,315 confirmed cases, Up 20 to 62 deaths and up 126 to 178 recovered residents. These statistics, according to the county, include 2 additional cases in Ventnor but we believe our numbers to be higher as testing continues to be more available.

Governor Murphy’s Stay at Home order is still in effect. However, new this week, Executive Order No. 138 extends the Public Health Emergency and additional 30 days. While this order continues social distancing guidelines in public spaces it has always allowed the municipalities to use judgment that fits our unique requirements at the beach, boardwalk and parks.

Our Police Chief Doug Biagi and Fire Chief Michael Cahill and I discuss daily the changing environment. However we can only plan with any certainty changes in restrictions looking forward one week at a time. This week will be a test of our city collective ability to socially distance on the beach. Please keep moving, wear a mask, and respect the 6 foot distance between persons.

Week by week we will review the progress we have made and compare our policy’s to the states. Ventnor’s plan is to slowly reduce restrictions in ways to keep the population density low in the city as a whole. These are measures are designed to stop community spread and protect your health, as well as the health of others while avoiding additional or lengthy closures. Our Police Chief and Fire Chief both recommend this course of action, and I support and agree with their combined decades of experience in this matter 100%.

The restrictions are not singling out any one group, sport or activity. We are suspending many outdoor activities to discourage unnecessary travel and make every effort to reduce the rate of community spread of COVID-19. As time passes the most easily distance sports and activities like surfing, singles rowing, paddleboards and kayaking will open first while team sports like pickle ball, tennis,volly ball and baseball will have to wait. We can all agree that there is no vaccine or therapeutic methods to fight the virus other than social distancing. Therefore, restricting activities that normally draw residents and guests to Ventnor, while it is frustrating and a temporary inconvenience, it also has the positive effect of reducing the density of our small town. We ask you all to continue to do your part and follow the stay at home guidelines.

Because of the evolving nature of this community health situation the information here is subject to frequent change. Residents are strongly advised to stay up to date on the Federal, State, and local response to and guidance on the evolving COVID-19 situation. Please continue to follow this Facebook page and our website www.ventnorcity.org for our current policy regarding Covid-19.
We thank you for your cooperation in this effort. Please continue to wear masks in public, practice social distancing and wash your hands frequently.

Keep yourselves and each other well .See you on the beach from 6 feet away!

Tim Kriebel
Ventnor City, NJ
Commissioner of Public Safety

May 1, 2020

Today we end our 8th week of the Public Health State of Emergency in New Jersey and 6th week of the statewide Stay at Home order. Countywide totals have grown to 960 confirmed cases, 42 deaths and 178 recovered residents. Local Ventnor cases also continue to grow within those numbers.

Governor Murphy’s Stay at Home order is still in effect. However, new this week, Executive order #133 takes effect tomorrow at sunrise on Saturday, May 2 and allows state parks to open to the public for passive recreation, including, boating, walking, running or jogging and many other outdoor activities when social distancing can be maintained.

The full Executive order #133 is posted here: https://www.nj.gov/infobank/eo/056murphy/pdf/EO-133.pdf

With this new guideline, we are happy to take a small step towards reopening our public spaces:

VENTNOR WILL OPEN THE BEACHES FOR PASSIVE RECREATION AT SUNRISE FRIDAY, MAY 8.

THE BOARDWALK WILL REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

PERMITTED ACTIVITIES ON THE BEACH:
Walking - Running/Jogging – Exercising- Dog Walking (on leash only in accordance with local ordinance 72-6n) - All while maintaining social distancing

PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES ON THE BEACH:
No Swimming - No Sunbathing - No Sitting in Chairs/Towels - No Organized Sports - No Groups of People – No Surfing

NO ACCESS TO BOARDWALK OTHER THAN CROSSING TO THE BEACH

At 14 feet wide, the boardwalk does not fit the guidelines for effective social distancing. The Ski Beach boat ramp will also reopen on May 8 for launching and recovery of watercraft only.

We believe these measures are in keeping with the spirit of the executive orders and have proven to discourage the surge in population that is counterproductive in reducing the spread of the novel virus Covid -19 in Ventnor. We continue to discourage ALL homeowners, full time and seasonal, from unnecessary travel or large gatherings that may contribute to the spread of Covid -19.

Our administration does not set a value of one resident or guest more than ANY other for ANY reason as some have said on social media . Using words to divide like “Local versus Shoobie” is simply juvenile and unkind. We all feel the same relief when the sun hits our skin and the saltwater hits our feet and the same joy watching our families grow up near the ocean. Dividing our shared love of Ventnor with all its history and quirks only reveals a mean-spirited behavior unwelcome in Ventnor, or anywhere, in this stressful and uncertain time. Our administration has no interest in that type of unproductive and foolish rhetoric. Simply put, “Stay at Home” means YOU no matter where you are.

The entire Ventnor City workforce including Beth, Lance, and I have worked to create more reasons for EVERYONE to visit, live, dine or shop in Ventnor. We look forward to welcoming ALL our residents and guests to enjoy all Ventnor has to offer when the time is right. This national emergency has reminded us that we are ALL global residents first before we separate our community by license plates.

Instead, we encourage you to use this post to comment, like and share positive ways Ventnor residents can donate and volunteer or point those in need toward the financial, spiritual or nutritional help they may require. Maybe reach out to our elderly or at-risk neighbors who might need a few items at the grocery store or find some time, money, or food to donate to a local charity.

Because of the evolving nature of this community health situation, the information here is subject to frequent change. Residents are strongly advised to stay up to date on the federal, state, and local responses to and guidance on the evolving COVID-19 situation. Please continue to follow this Facebook page and our website www.ventnorcity.org for our current policy regarding Covid-19.

We thank you for your cooperation in this effort. Please continue to wear masks in public, practice social distancing and wash your hands frequently.

Keep yourselves and each other well. See you on the beach from six feet away next Friday, May 8.

Tim Kriebel
Ventnor City, NJ
Commissioner of Public Safety


April 24, 2020

Today we end our 7th week of Public Health State of Emergency in New Jersey and 5th week of Statewide Stay at Home order. There are now up from 12 confirmed COVID-19 cases to 17 in Ventnor however we believe our local number of cases is higher. We expect those numbers to continue to rise as the cases in Atlantic county grows from the 344 last week to 551 residents which have tested positive, 29 have died, and 108 have been cleared as recovered.

Ventnor fire and police departments continue to be the front lines locally and our entire administration thanks them for their service during this unprecedented time. Donations of PPE (personal protective equipment), such as masks , from the public have shored up our ability to protect our first responders . These donations have been vital in allowing them to be protected on and off duty so that they can continue to serve those most in need.

Governor Murphy’ Stay at Home order and closure of all non-essential retail businesses and all recreational and entertainment businesses, ceasing all non-essential construction projects and imposing additional mitigation requirements on essential retail businesses is still in effect. Ventnor will continue to follow this executive order and all the guidance of the governor of New Jersey during this state of emergency. Therefore closure of our beaches, boardwalk and parks continue until further notice. We believe these measures are in keeping with the spirit of these executive orders and have proven to discourage the surge in population that is counterproductive in reducing the spread of the novel virus Covid-19 in Ventnor.

We will closely monitor the governor’s updates as they occur and will mirror locally a similar phased transition plan of loosening restrictions when and if the time is right. Events like the farmers market and block party are being revamped or rescheduled or canceled on a case by case basis to make them safer for residents and guest.

Because of the evolving nature of this community health situation the information here is subject to frequent change. Residents are strongly advised to stay up to date on the Federal, State, and local response to and guidance on the evolving COVID-19 situation. Please continue to follow this Facebook page and our website www.ventnorcity.org for our current policy regarding Covid-19.

We thank you for your cooperation in this effort. Please continue to wear masks in public, practice social distancing and wash your hands frequently.

Thank you and keep yourselves and each other safe.
Tim Kriebel
Ventnor City, NJ
Commissioner of Public Safety

 


April 17, 2020

Today we end our 6th week of Public Health State of Emergency in New Jersey and 4rd week of Statewide Stay at Home order. There are now 12 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ventnor. However, we believe our local number of cases is higher. We expect those numbers to continue to rise as the cases in Atlantic County grow from the 344 cases confirmed today.

To mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and protect the capacity of New Jersey's health care system for the state's most vulnerable, the State of New Jersey has directed all residents to stay at home until further notice. All gatherings of individuals, such as parties, celebrations, or other social events, unless otherwise authorized, are prohibited. When in public, individuals must practice social distancing and stay at least six feet apart whenever possible, excluding immediate family members, caretakers, or household members. Individuals must use a face covering when shopping at essential retail businesses, entering a restaurant or bar to pick up takeout orders. All businesses still open must adopt mitigation requirements. Visit https://covid19.nj.gov/ for all of the latest information from the state.

Ventnor continues to discourage our typical summer surge in population by closing our beaches and boardwalk and restricting short term rentals. Even though it may feel as though our freedoms have been restricted, these inconveniences are temporary and serve the community as a whole during the State of Emergency. If you have a second home in Ventnor and are concerned about your homes security, you can contact Police Non-Emergency at 609-822-2101 and ask for a free property check. All of the measures we are taking during this crisis are outlined on our website at: https://www.ventnorcity.org/COVID19InformationandResources

These measures, combined with social distancing, are proving effective in protecting you, your loved ones and fellow residents from the spread of Covid-19. We realize this is likely a stressful and confusing time, and we want to assure you that the city is doing everything we can to help promote the health and safety of our community. We all have a role to play, and we need everyone's help and cooperation in following all directives.

Because of the evolving nature of this community health situation, the information here is subject to frequent change. Residents are strongly advised to stay up to date on the Federal, State, and local response to and guidance on the evolving COVID-19 situation. Please continue to follow this Facebook page and our website www.ventnorcity.org for our current policy regarding Covid-19.

We look forward to welcoming you back to ALL of the activities we love in Ventnor when it is safe for the entire community.

Thank you and keep yourselves and each other well.
Tim Kriebel
Ventnor City, NJ
Commissioner of Public Safety


April 10, 2020

Today we end our 5th week of Public Health State of Emergency in New Jersey and 3rd week of Statewide Stay at Home order. There are 8 confirmed COVID -19 cases in Ventnor however we believe our local number of cases is higher based on EMS calls. There is a delay of a few days as information comes to us from the County Health Department so we expect those numbers to continue to rise.

This week brought a change in state mandated emergency medical services procedure to protect patents and the first responders from infection. Therefore, all patients MUST be screened for COVID -19 from a safe distance of (6) feet. Those exhibiting Fever of 100.4F or Higher / Cough / Shortness of breath will be assessed for Transport or Treatment in place. This practice may seem extreme at the time but it is a necessity in this extraordinary circumstances for everyone's safety.

Yesterday Governor Murphy signed an Executive Order to “Cease All Non-Essential Construction Projects and Imposes Additional Mitigation Requirements on Essential Retail Businesses and Industries to Limit the Spread of COVID-19”. This additional tightening of restrictions is meant to reinforce state, national and our local measures like the closing of Ventnor beaches and boardwalks already in place.

Going forward no warnings will be issued for those found to be in violation of our Executive Order 01 Closing Ventnor beaches and boardwalk. Individuals will be issued a summons and will face fines up to $1000.00 and 6 months in jail. (NJSA App.A:9-49). All off these measures are unfortunate but necessary steps to protect each other, flatten the curve of infection, and reduce the stress on our resources to fight back.

We cannot stress enough that that the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. If you must leave your home, wearing masks in public protects those around you from the spread of the virus and is strongly encouraged. Visit https://covid19.nj.gov/ and www.cdc.gov for up to date information and advice on how to manage your way thru this crisis.

Please keep your spirits up and look out for one another, even in small ways, our kindness and compassion as a community matters every day and may be one of our best tools in the job at hand.

Thank you and keep yourselves and each other safe,

Tim Kriebel
Ventnor City, NJ
Commissioner of Public Safety


April 1, 2020

On Behalf of the Mayor, Commissioners, and Department of Public Safety,

We are saddened to report that the first two COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Ventnor City today.

Ventnor residents should be informed that the Coronavirus is in our community and that ALL Ventnor residents should follow CDC, state and local public health advisories.

We continue to encourage second homeowners and non-residents to stay in their full-time communities to avoid increasing the population density and the possibility of transmitting or contracting the virus.

Ventnor City continues to cancel or postpone gatherings and events as well as breaking up large gatherings of people. The boardwalk and beaches are still open, but the potential exists to restrict access if these guidelines are not followed.

A Ventnor City Public Safety update will be posted every Friday morning as the conditions warrant.

Thank you and stay safe,

Tim Kriebel
Ventnor City, NJ
Commissioner of Public Safety



March 21, 2020

The coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak is an unprecedented global event resulting in countless issues for municipal, county and state government. Please be advised the City of Ventnor is doing everything within its power to keep essential operations performing, while at the same time keeping our employees safe and responsive to our residents. We are following the directives provided by the Federal and State governments, the recommendations and insight of county government, and the guidance provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). In addition, our Office of Emergency Management is in continual contact with the County OEM and other down beach OEM offices. We are also actively monitoring what other municipalities are doing and implementing what seems to be best practices under the circumstances. 

We are also proud to have some of the best dedicated employees working for us. Essential employees will continue to work.  This includes Police, Fire, Public Works, Water & Sewer, and certain Finance personnel.  We are fortunate to have experienced leads in these roles, who we have the utmost confidence in. 

In an effort to reduce the chance of transmission of COVID-19 virus, we have done the following: 

  • City Hall has been closed to the public and employee to employee engagement is limited or not at all.   As previously noticed, there is a drop box in the entrance of city hall at Cambridge Avenue. 
  • Public Works employees will have a split schedule, consisting of two shifts, thereby limiting interaction with each other.  Street Sweeping will be postponed until further notice.
  • Police and Fire have enacted certain procedures to not only protect them but to protect the public.  Do not be alarmed if someone responding to your home for an EMS call is wearing a mask.  It is to protect the longevity of that employee as well as yourself. 
  • Essential employees working will be required to take their temperature prior to entering the building and will be sent home at a certain benchmark.   
  • To the best of our abilities, we will limit use of vehicles and equipment to few or same employees. 
  • And other commonsense approaches as advised or directed by our Chiefs and Department Heads. 

NJ Poison Control and 211 have partnered with the State to provide info to the public.  You can call 211 or 1 800 962 1253 or go to nj.gov Department of Health. 

As we have heard over and over again social distancing is key to overcoming this virus. 

As I am writing this message to you, our Governor made an announcement, which I can update you on here.  He issued an executive order he called “stay at home” order.  He indicated it is no time to panic but it is also no time for business as usual.  He canceled till further notice all gatherings, such as no weddings, no services, no parties.  He urged jersey shore second homeowners to not come to the jersey shore, explaining that the resources here cannot accommodate an influx at this time of year and under these circumstances.  

All non-essential businesses are closed until further notice.  He urged businesses that can, have their employees work from home. 

The Governor made it clear there is one set of rules for the state, and that this order supersedes any conflicting county or municipal orders.  

Again, he said this is the “stay at home” order.  You can go out and walk and run, but not together. There needs to be a six-foot distance between each other. 

The State is doing aggressive testing for the virus, so he indicated an increase in confirmations is expected.  We will see a sharp increase.  He urged not to panic; it is to be expected. 

Finally, and back to the originating purpose for this notice, please know the City is doing everything it can to protect you as well as our employees, and to continue operating in the areas that are necessary.  

Together we can get through this.  I urge all to follow the directives of the State, and to practice the common sense approaches to getting us through this.

Here's to looking forward to flip flop weather. 

Sincerely, 

Mayor Beth Holtzman, Commissioner Lance Landgraf, Commissioner Kriebel