LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP – Authorities have instituted a curfew of 9 p.m. to stop gatherings of youths in the street.
The Long Beach Township Police issued the warning on June 24, effective immediately. It stated that all people 17 and younger shall not be permitted outside on a street, park, or other public area from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. unless they are accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.
Earlier this year, the township crafted a similar curfew. On May 24, the governing body declared a state of emergency. On May 29, they enacted a regulation that children 17 and younger were not permitted on the beach after 9 p.m. unless accompanied by their parent or guardian. This was adopted under their executive order to promote social distancing, and public safety and welfare.
The Emergency Management Coordinator, the Township Police Department, and the Township Beach Patrol would enforce these orders.
The youths “congregating in large numbers on the streets” after 9 p.m. violates social distancing regulations and is detrimental to the public health, according to the order.