Atlantic City casinos move to take precautionary measures amid COVID-19 concerns – Press of Atlantic City

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Vineland Mix, Mingle & Meet event is canceled

Vinelands Mix, Mingle & Meet event, scheduled for Wednesday at Vegans Are Us has been canceled.

For more information on this and all Main Street Vineland events, call the Main Street Vineland office at 856-794-8653, visit the organizations website at, or visit the organizations Facebook page.

Ocean County Parks and Recreation will be keeping its 27 parks and two golf courses open to the public, but closing the visitor and nature centers until further notice.

Sheriff Sales, public fingerprinting and the taking of public DNA samples will not take place until April 16, according to a news release.

All Vineland municipal court sessions between March 16 and March 27 have been postponed, a city spokesperson said.

New court dates will be assigned in the coming days and notices will be sent out. Residents are also urged to not visit the court house unless absolutely necessary.

Phone lines will remain in operation. Payments can be made via mail or where eligible on-line at

Please be advised the meetings of the following boards have been cancelled for the month of March 2020:

All city buildings in the City of North Wildwood are closed to the general public until further notice. Recreation programs are also canceled.

It is important now that we do our best to protect our most vulnerable, at risk, and through the closing of our public buildings to the general public, we are doing just that, said Mayor Patrick Rosenello. We ask our residents and property-owners to please be patient during this difficult time, and we will keep the public updated of any new policies and procedures in the coming days and weeks as they become available.

The Devico Senior Center is closed, with programs canceled until further notice, as well as the township recreation buildings. Municipal court is canceled for the nest two weeks.

Town Hall, as well as the Construction, Zoning and Public Works will be closed to the public but fully staffed.

Visit for a directory of phone numbers and emails for each department or call Administration at 609-465-8732.

The Township Committee meeting 6 p.m. on March 16 will be held as planned, but the 4 p.m. work session is canceled.

While this meeting is open to the public by law, we would encourage folks to review the agenda and send any comments or questions electronically, according to a news release. We will try to post the minutes of the meeting to our website as promptly as possible.

The Hamilton Township Municipal building including the court office will remain open during normal business hours. Residents may access the court office between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday to pay a ticket, make a payment on an installment plan, pay a Public Defender fee, apply for the Fresh Start program, make a records request or to conduct any other business with the course.

New court notices will be sent out with a date and time for your appearance. If your address has changed, please notify the court immediately.

You may reach the court office between the hours stated above at 609-625-6621.

WILDWOOD CREST A meeting to discuss future plans for redevelopment of the downtown business district on New Jersey Avenue, scheduled for March 28, has been postponed until May 16, at 10 a.m., according to a release from the borough.

The move is due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19, according to the release.

The meeting will be held at Wildwood Crest Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 at Rambler Road and Pacific Avenue. Tentative designs plans will be available for viewing and a public question-and-answer session will be held.

Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May counties has cancelled its 13th Annual JFS Cocktail Party, scheduled to take place on March 28 at the Gold Nugget in Atlantic City.


Morey's Piers and Resorts is postponing its opening day until Mothers Day weekend, May 9-10, according to a news release from the company.

New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Chief Administrator Sue Fulton has announced that all New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission agency and road testing facilities will be closed effective immediately as a measure to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We anticipate re-opening in two weeks, on Monday, March 30, 2020.

All driver licenses, non-driver IDs, vehicle registrations, and inspection stickers expiring before May 31 have been extended by two months.

Most renewals, replacements, changes of address, and other transactions can be processed online at

Avalon is closing borough buildings and cancelling meetings in response to the spread of COVID-19, Public Information Officer Scott Wahl said in a release.

Avalon Community Hall and the Avalon Senior Center are closed through April 10, Wahl said Monday. Outdoor facilities, like playgrounds and basketball courts, will remain open.

Avalon Borough Hall remains open, but the borough urges residents who need a question answered call the office instead of visit in person. Surfaces in the building will be sanitized on a daily basis. Restrooms at Surfside Park on 30th Street will remain open.

The Avalon Environmental Commission meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, is cancelled. The Avalon Garden Club's Appreciation Breakfast scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, is cancelled. All scheduled events at the Community Hall, library and senior center are cancelled through April 10. Avalon Home and Land Owners Association's Community Connections event on Saturday, April 11, is cancelled and won't be rescheduled.

This is the time to listen to the experts and take the necessary steps to make sure our community is as reasonably protected as possible from coronavirus, Mayor Marty Pagliughi said. We continue to receive new information and guidance and our Borough policies will be dictated by this information and adjusted accordingly.

In-person Superior Court proceedings scheduled for Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 will be postponed, Chief Justice Stuart Rabner announced Sunday night. During that time, the Judiciary will prepare to shift to virtual participation for attorneys, litigants and all court users, with extremely limited exceptions.

On a typical court day, hundreds if not thousands of attorneys, litigants, and inmates appear in courts throughout the state. We are limiting physical interactions in our courts and shifting to video and phone conferencing options for attorneys, litigants and the public, Chief Justice Rabner said.

Attorneys and litigants scheduled to appear for in-person matters at the trial level of the Superior Court and Tax Court on Monday and Tuesday should await notice of a new hearing date. Ongoing jury trials will continue as announced.

Critical court operations necessary to public safety or the administration of justice will continue. Emergent applications, as well as Extreme Risk Protective Orders and domestic violence temporary restraining orders submitted through local police departments, will continue to be accepted. The court also will continue to hold first appearance hearings and pretrial detention hearings.

Questions about individual cases should be directed to the relevant court offices. Updated information regarding court operations will continue to be made available at

Chick-fil-A will be suspending service in its restaurants' dining rooms to limit person-to-person contact while COVID-19 spreads, the chain said Sunday in a release.

Some restaurants will offer drive-thru service only, while others will continue to offer takeout, delivery and mobile orders.

SEA ISLE CITY The Community Lodge and the Recreation Center are both closed until further notice, according to a release from the city. All events scheduled for both facilities are cancelled until further notice.

OCEAN CITY All recreational facilities will be closed and all planned public events through the end of April will be cancelled as the city monitors the spread of the new coronavirus, said Ocean City Public Information Officer Doug Bergen.

The Ocean City Community Center, which includes the Ocean City Free Public Library, Aquatic and Fitness Center, Arts Center, Historical Museum and Senior Center, plus the Ocean City Sports and Civic Center and other city facilities also will be closed. All Recreation Department programs are suspended until further notice, Bergen said in a release Sunday.

Upcoming scheduled events through the end of April are canceled, including the OC Con Comic and Memorabilia Show, Girls Weekend, the Great Egg Hunts on the beach, Easter Sunrise Service, the Doo Dah Parade and Mr. Mature beauty pageant.

All public meetings of boards and commissions, except for City Council, are postponed until further notice, Bergen said.

City Hall and the Knight Building will stay open. Access to the public, however, will be limited, Bergen said.

As I mentioned in my update on Friday, there is no need to panic, Mayor Jay Gillian said. If we all work together to follow these guidelines, we can help protect the community from the worst of this virus.

AtlantiCare will ban nearly all visitors to its hospitals in accordance with New Jersey Hospital Associations voluntary guidelines, according to a post on the medical facility's Twitter page Sunday afternoon.

There are limited exceptions. Visitors for patients in hospice or end-of-life care will be chosen on a case-by-case basis. Maternity, pediatric and emergency patients can have one visitor or support person. Patients having same-day, outpatient surgeries can have one visitor.

Visitors and support persons will be screened for symptoms of flu, coronavirus and other illness.

The Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City will remain open on Monday, March 16, according to COO Torrie Garvin.

Daily updates will be available on the chapter's Facebook and Instagram pages, Garvin said.

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The Middle Township Police Department and the Lower Township Police Department Saturday evening said they would be looking to take any reports from residents that are non-emergencies and do not require the collection of evidence over the phone.

The change is to cut down on unnecessary interactions that could spread the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19, the two departments said in separate news releases.

Dispatchers will take callers' information and an officer will reach out in a "timely manner," Lower Township Police said.

The two departments stressed that the change was only for minor reports and was to protect the vulnerable populations in the community who could be easily infected with careless interactions.

"We feel that because our officers interact with many people throughout the day, having them unnecessarily interact with residents, many of which are considered vulnerable, is a prudent and judicious approach to limiting a possible exposure," Middle Township said in the release.

Katz Jewish Community Center in Margate will remain open during normal business hours for the time being. Various programs will be rescheduled, and the following will be cancelled beginning March 15:

The Upcoming Events section of Katz's website will provide specific updates.

The Township of Barnegat announced the following Saturday:

Municipal Directory: 609-698-0080

Departmental Extension:

Public Works: Trash/Recycling: 120

Tax/Water Collector: 140, 142, 143

Tax Assessor: 147

Building Permits: 114, 150, 153

Planning/Zoning Board: 155

Code Enforcement: 159

Recreation: 130, 132, 122

Finance: 164

Municipal Clerk: 174, 190

Registrar Vital Statistics: 176

W/S Utility Maintenance: 609-698-6185

Middle Township Mayor Tim Donohue announced Saturday afternoon, the following measures:

Given the recent recommendations of the Cape May County Health Department, a decision has been made to postpone the Night in Monte Carlo casino event scheduled for March 21 at the Sea Isle City Yacht Club. A new date will be set.

The Absecon Athletic & Social Club and Absecon Little League have suspended all practices and games effective immediately, the city says.

The board of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Jersey Shore in Galloway Township decided Thursday to suspend all activities at its UU Center for four weeks, and longer if warranted. Worship will still happen online, as will twice weekly pastoral chat sessions which will be broadcast on ZOOM.

In an abundance of caution for our attendees, The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) announces cancellation of two public programs:

Wednesday, March 18 at noon

Lunch & Learn: Wonderful Women of World War II, with Rich Chiemingo

Heroes overseas and on the home front, the women of World War II: who they were, what they accomplished and why they should be remembered. Cape May United Methodist Church, 635 Washington St., Cape May.

Wednesday, March 25 at noon

Lunch & Learn: Fabulous First Ladies (Part II), with Mary Stewart

The second half of MACs popular Fabulous First Ladies series. Cape May United Methodist Church, 635 Washington St., Cape May.

An annual drive to give away 2,000 prom dresses to local girls has been postponed to mid-April due to COVID-19 fears, organizer Rene Kane wrote in an email Friday.

A message to Kane from Kensington said the store wanted to minimize the number of people inside it at a given time.

"Today, 40 girls left with dresses and huge smiles on their faces. We shed a few happy tears, which made us all feel that the work involved to put this together was worth it," Kane wrote in an email. "We left all the racks as if we will be back."

Project Prom originally was scheduled to run Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

The South Jersey Jazz Society announced Friday that it was suspending all performances until mid-April.

Mission Point Church in Somers Point sent an email to parishioners Friday evening saying Sunday services on March 15 and March 22 have been canceled. The church also will not hold its junior and senior high youth group meetings on March 15 and 19. Also, its Mothers of Preschoolers ministry will not meet on March 17. For more information, go to the church's website at

The Avalon Free Public Library and History Center has canceled all programming through April 10, according to a news release from the library. However, the library will remain open from patrons with normal hours of operation.

For updates, visit

The Atlantic City Boardwalk Committee Meeting, scheduled for March 18, has been canceled. The next meeting is scheduled for April 8.

The Wildwoods Convention Center and the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce has postponed The Wildwoods Spring Bridal Expo scheduled for this Sunday, March 15, to a date TBD.

The 98 Degrees show scheduled for April 18 atCaesars Atlantic CityHotel & Casino has been postponed to July 11.

The Cape May Police Department have canceled comedy night.

The Cape May Point Planning Board meeting scheduled for March 18 has been postponed, according to a news release from the board. The next regularly scheduled meeting is April 15.

The Atlantic City Free Public Library will temporarily close its two locations, effective Monday at 1 p.m. The Main Library and Richmond Branch Library will remain closed until April 20.

Fresh Start Church has moved all face-to-face gatherings online over concerns for the spread of COVID-19. Volunteer teams will not be meeting. Instead, they encouraged those who would attend to watch one of the four online gatherings they have planned for Sunday at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

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