The Borough of Belmar has implemented COVID-19 guidelines to help ensure the safety of residents, visitors, and employees who work in local businesses. Here’s an overview of what’s open and closed in Belmar as of September 10, 2020, compiled by the Belmar Beachcomber Blog.
Belmar Beach And Boardwalk
Belmar beach is still open, and beach tags are not required after Labor Day 2020. Under the town's COVID-19 beach operation plan, the Belmar beachfront has been divided into four zones that are monitored by drone and mobile police patrols to prevent overcrowding and to ensure that social-distancing protocols are being followed. The four zones are: 1st to 6th Avenues, 6th to 11th Avenues, 11th to 16th Avenues, and 16th to 20th Avenues.
Beginning July 17, sales of daily beach tags will be stopped after 7,500 badges are sold on a particular day. Town officials are regulating beach occupancy and closing certain beach entrances as needed to prevent over-crowding. When a particular beach entrance is closed, visitors will be redirected to other beach entrances to get on the beach.
For Belmar beach closures and updates, text BELMAR to 44622.
Additionally, the town has established the Belmar Friendship Force, a task force of volunteers from the community who serve in a goodwill ambassador role to remind beach visitors of social-distancing rules.
Face masks are required to use public restrooms on the Belmar boardwalk this summer. New Jersey COVID-19 guidelines require face coverings to be worn outside at all times when you cannot remain socially distant from others. Mask-wearing is strongly encouraged while on the beach, but not mandatory.
All commemorative benches and most bike racks have been removed from the Belmar boardwalk to give visitors more space for walking while maintaining an appropriate distance from others. Some bike racks are available at 2nd Avenue, 8th Avenue, and 17th Avenue beaches.
Parking At Belmar Beach
The Borough of Belmar implemented a new paid parking system for the east side of Ocean Avenue for summer 2020. The kiosks previously used to accept payment for parking have been replaced with a new mobile application called ParkMobile. The ParkMobile app allows for contact-less payment via your smartphone or tablet.
In addition, the ParkMobile app is in use for paid parking in a small section of the Belmar Marina adjacent to the Marina Grille.
Parking in designated handicapped spots along Belmar boardwalk is free with a valid state-issued placard.
Belmar Community Events
The Borough of Belmar has canceled all community events that were scheduled through October 1, 2020. Among the impacted events are:
Belmar Kite Festival
Friday Night Concert Series in Pyanoe Plaza
90.5 The Night Songwriters on the Beach
Belmar Cruise Nights
New Jersey Sandcastle Contest on July 15
Fireworks on the beach
Belmar Five-Mile Run
Belmar San Gennaro Festival in September
Belmar Pro surfing competition
Belmar Marina: Fishing, Parasailing, Mini Golf
Commercial fishing boats and charters at the Belmar Marina were allowed to resume operations on May 17. Boats are allowed a maximum of 25 guests per vessel, according to state guidelines. Commercial boat operators and boat guests must wear face coverings, frequently wash their hands, and maintain an appropriate six-foot minimum distance from other groups while on board.
The miniature golf course at the Belmar Marina is open daily based on weather conditions. Call ahead to confirm their hours of service, 732-749-3800. Belmar Parasail reopened June 26, 2020, and hours of service also vary depending on the weather.
Belmar Shops and Restaurants: What’s Open?
Non-essential retail businesses were allowed to re-open in Belmar beginning June 15. Current state guidelines limit the amount of in-store shoppers to 50 percent of a store's approved capacity. All customers and store employees must wear face coverings inside. Sidewalk service may also be available at locations that have obtained an outdoor display of merchandise permit from the Borough of Belmar.
If you wish to shop in Belmar, contact each retailer directly to confirm if they are open and their hours of service.
Many Belmar restaurants have been offering outdoor dining service, along with takeout and delivery, during the pandemic. Indoor dining with capacity limits will be allowed beginning September 4, 2020. Menus, hours, and reservation requirements vary by establishment, so confirm directly with the restaurant prior to venturing out or placing an order. Face coverings are required at all times unless you are eating.
Night and Day magazine has published the below guide of open restaurants in Belmar and what they are offering.
Hair, nail, and eyebrow salons in Belmar were allowed to reopen on June 15. Contact each business directly to schedule an appointment and confirm hours of service. Face coverings are required, and temperature screening may be required when you arrive for your appointment.
Belmar Playgrounds and Parks Are Open
All public playgrounds in Belmar, including those on the beach, reopened to the community on July 2, 2020. Maclearie Park on Route 35 in Belmar has also reopened.
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