OCEAN COUNTY – Officials have signed an emergency proclamation stating that all Ocean County government buildings will be closed to the public to help decrease the spread of COVID-19.
“It’s important we have this proclamation in place so we can ask for additional federal and state resources when necessary and also to protect the public and our employees during a time when social distancing can’t be stressed enough,” said Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari, who signed the proclamation along with Ocean County Sheriff Michael G. Mastronardy, who is the county’s emergency management coordinator.
If individuals need to contact a county department, they can call 732-244-2121. The public can also find additional information about county government departments online at co.ocean.nj.us.
The Ocean County Surrogate will be limiting public access to their office in the County Courthouse throughout the coronavirus emergency. Residents can reach Surrogate Office employees by calling 732-929-2011.
“Our number one priority is the safety of our residents and so, at this time, we have decided to take immediate actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said Surrogate Jeffrey W. Moran.
“This is a time of unprecedented actions that need to be taken in order to protect the public and our government workers,” Vicari said. “We are making every effort to continue to provide our services but for now we will have to do most of the work over the telephone or by email and websites. I encourage our citizens to call the county offices with any questions about doing business with the county.”