Asbury Park’s Emergency Management Coordinator has signed an executive order lifting the mask mandate within the city effective Fri., Feb. 4 at 6 a.m.
The mask mandate was instituted on Jan. 7 to help mitigate the increase in Covid-19 transmission rates due to the spread of the omicron variant.
While the mask mandate will be lifted, the city still recommends wearing a high-quality mask in areas of public gathering when social distancing isn’t possible.
“We instituted the mask mandate in early January when Covid-19 cases in Asbury Park, Monmouth County, and New Jersey were at an all-time high,” Mayor John Moor said. “We’ve been paying close attention to the decreasing cases, positivity rates, and hospitalizations and feel we’re ready to lift the mandate. We still strongly encourage the use of high-quality masks while in indoor public spaces, especially for residents who may be at higher risk.
“The city thanks our local businesses and members of the public for their cooperation in helping to keep Asbury Park healthy and safe,” said Deputy Mayor Amy Quinn, “We look forward to a continued decline in the impact of Covid-19 on our community for a happy and safe spring and summer for residents, businesses and visitors.”