BRICK, N.J. – Two Jersey Shore lawmakers, Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano, are concerned about the influx of people flocking to their shore homes to weather the coronavirus outbreak. At a press conference Saturday afternoon, Gov. Phil Murphy ordered all residents to stay in their primary homes.
The two lawmakers say any surge of population at shore towns will jeopardize its already overburdened health care facilities and supermarkets.
“The governor has ordered the entire state to ‘stay home,’ and this includes those who want to flee to the beaches but should remain at their primary residences,” said McGuckin (R-Ocean). “We understand that those who own shore properties want to escape and social distance themselves at the beach, but this will put a strain on too many of our businesses and hospitals in the area.”
“Now is not the time for a trip to the Jersey Shore and we are urging those who own second homes or properties at the shore to stay put,” added Catalano (R-Ocean). “Our local businesses and hospitals are already feeling the strain to keep up with the demands of their local patrons. In these uncertain times, it’s imperative that all residents adhere to the orders set forth by the governor and local officials.”