Archives for June 2020

Gov. Murphy Daily Briefing

At his daily briefing today Gov. Phil Murphy said that while many restaurant and bar owners are following mandated COVID-19 guidelines, it only takes one person to “undo months of progress and ruin it for the rest of us.” A day after announcing that indoor dining would not restart Thursday, Murphy thanked the many bar and restaurant owners are setting up the right way and enforcing social distancing. Murphy on Monday postponed the resumption of indoor dining, and banned drinking and smoking at Atlantic City’s casinos as they reopen this week.

Latest COVID-19 Numbers

Two elderly women are the latest county residents to succumb to complications from Covid-19, according to the Atlantic County Division of Public Health today. The deaths of the 98-year-old Egg Harbor Township resident and 72-year-old Galloway Township resident were confirmed earlier today along with 16 additional residents who have tested positive. Today’s positives were found among six men, ages 23-66 and 10 women, ages 18-64. Atlantic County has confirmed 2,938 residents who have tested positive for Covid-19 with 1,471 having been cleared as recovered. The disease has claimed the lives of 205 residents.

Pair of Wildwood Hotels Wont Open This Summer

Two hotels in the Wildwoods will not open for the 2020 season, according to local sources. The El Coronado Motor Inn located in Wildwood Crest and The Sandpiper in North Wildwood will not be open this summer, according to the report.

Gov. Murphy Halts Dining Restart, Citing Mask Use & Distancing

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday postponed the resumption of indoor dining, and banned drinking and smoking at Atlantic City’s casinos as they reopen this week, causing one casino to scrap plans to reopen anytime soon. Murphy said he acted because of a lack of compliance over the use of face masks and social distancing as the coronavirus outbreak continues to rage in many parts of the country. The decisions had an immediate effect: Atlantic City’s top-performing casino, the Borgata, dropped its plans to reopen soon. It had planned to hold an invitation-only “soft opening” on Thursday and open its doors to the general public starting July 6. Now, neither of those things is happening for the immediate future.

Latest Cape May County COVID-19 Numbers

Total positive cases of COVID-19 infection in Cape May County is now 750 including
65 deaths. In addition, out of county cases not reported in the following spreadsheets are 4.
A 64-year-old male and a 66-year-old male both from Middle Township, have died from coronavirus.

Governor’s Monday Announcement Delays Borgata Opening

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa will not reopen when gaming is allowed to resume Thursday. The Press of Atlantic City reports it’s a result of Gov. Phil Murphy’s announcement Monday that indoor dining would be indefinitely suspended. The announcement let facilities know that beverage service of any kind, including alcohol, would not permitted on gaming floors or at indoor bars.
Borgata management issued a statement reading, in part, “We feel it best that we remain closed until such time that the Governor lets us know it is safe to offer food and beverage.”

Latest COVID-19 Numbers

No new deaths related to Covid-19 and only seven new positives were reported today by Atlantic County public health officials. The latest positives were identified in two males, ages 16-66 and five females, ages 20-72. To date, 2,922 Atlantic County residents have tested positive for Covid-19 but more than half (1,471) have been cleared as recovered. The disease has claimed the lives of 203 residents.

NJ Budget

New Jersey’s Democrat-led Legislature is to vote today on a short-term $7.7 billion budget after extending the deadline later in the year because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The three-month spending plan proposes no new tax hikes and would push several payments, including the required public pension funding, to October.
Gov. Phil Murphy and legislative leaders agreed to extend the current fiscal year until Sept. 30. Previously, it would have ended on Tuesday. The stopgap budget being voted on is required to fill the gap between the spending plan lawmakers enacted last year and the new deadline of Sept. 30.

NJ Gas Prices Continue to Rise

Gas prices jumped higher again in New Jersey and around the nation with increasing demand following easing of restrictions imposed amid the COVID-19 pandemic. AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in New Jersey on Friday was $2.16, up six cents from a week ago. Drivers were paying $2.74 a gallon at this time last year.

NJ Indoor Shopping Malls Reopen

New Jersey’s indoor shopping malls reopened today from their COVID-19 pause.
Gov. Phil Murphy set the date earlier this month after he shuttered many sectors of the state’s economy because of the outbreak. Their reopening comes as the state progresses through Stage 2, of three, of restarting. So far, indoor retail has reopened, along with salons, barber shops and massage parlors. Later this week, casinos and indoor dining at restaurants are set to open Thursday at 25% capacity. Also opening Thursday are amusement and water parks, playgrounds, museums, aquariums and libraries.