Gov. Murphy: Jersey Shore bars doing a better job of crowd control

Governor Phil Murphy announces extensive social distancing measures to mitigate further spread of COVID-19 on March 16, 2020, in Trenton.
Photo credit Edwin J. Torres/NJ Governor's Office
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — At his regular coronavirus briefing, Gov. Phil Murphy said bars at the Jersey Shore are doing a better job of controlling crowded lines of people waiting to get in. He also gave police credit for citing the owners of one establishment in North Wildwood. 

Murphy praised the owners of several bars in Monmouth County, where there was improved social distancing this past weekend by patrons lined up to get in. 

The governor also applauded police for citing the owner of one bar, where police say the staff was not enforcing social distancing rules.

“I also want to give a shout out to the North Wildwood Police for their action this weekend to shut down the bar Tiki Topz and to cite the bar management for noncompliance as they and their patrons weren’t taking this pandemic seriously,” he said. 

Murphy said New Jersey can’t risk letting a crowded bar become the epicenter for a COVID-19 flare-up. 

“It’s the knuckleheads who think the rules don’t apply to them. Or who think this pandemic isn’t serious, or that it’s over, who ruin it for the rest of us. And that goes for both bar owners and bar patrons,” Murphy added.

He also said the final call on fall high school sports would likely be made later this week by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.