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CREST HAVEN – The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders have closed county buildings to the public but will continue to provide essential government services to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic.


According to a release, public access to county government buildings has been restricted in most circumstances until further notice. 


The County Administration Building, the Clerk's Office, Election Board, Tax Board, Library, and Animal Shelter buildings are closed. 


The Cape May County Parks and Zoo are closed until further notice. 


Meetings, events, and non-essential services are canceled until further notice. 


Government business will be conducted during regular hours via telephone, fax, and email. For most, the staff is working from their home, please allow time for a response.


The Social Services Building in Rio Grande is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., closed from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. for lunch due to reduced staffing levels.


Tuesday evening extended hours have stopped until further notice. 


Social distancing guidelines are being strictly adhered to. Consumers are being instructed to complete an online or paper application at home and return via mail or placed in the dropbox for anyone that is not homeless. 


The Home Delivered Meals program is fully operational and Adult Protective Calls are being addressed. 


Freeholder Director Gerald M. Thornton, Freeholder Jeffrey L. Pierson, County Health Coordination Kevin Thomas, OEM Director Martin Pagliughi, and County Administrator Elizabeth Bozzelli have been in daily contact with the state and federal government and are closely monitoring the Coronavirus and applying prescribed guidelines to limit the spread of this virus. 


Freeholder Director Thornton, speaking on behalf of the freeholders, warned the public that all citizens must be vigilant in stopping the spread. 


“The board and our administrative team have been working extended hours, seven-days a week for the past three weeks to stay ahead of this issue and ensure the county is prepared and protected as best they can considering the circumstances,” Thornton stated.


“This is an international medical crisis; we are seeing an increase in cases in New Jersey and surrounding states reported daily. It is incumbent on all of us to follow the precautions outlined by the CDC. We have an especially vulnerable population in Cape May County with nearly 25% of our residents' age 65 and over. We are making decisions for the safety of all our residents and ask for the public’s support and understanding”, Thornton added.


Freeholder Pierson, the liaison for Health and Human Services, is working closely with the Cape May County Health Department and Health Coordinator Kevin Thomas to keep the public informed and updated as new health information is distributed to help stem the spread of the virus and protect the residents. 

Health Department director, nurses and support staff are available to respond to calls and inquiries. 


“It is paramount that we work together and strictly follow the guidelines to ensure the public’s safety. We must flatten the curve and protect everyone from contact with those who are carrying the virus. This is one of the most difficult jobs we have faced, and we need everyone’s full cooperation” Pierson stated. 


“I strongly urge our residents to go to the county website; regularly to get the updated information regarding mitigation of COVID-19. The link can be found on the first page of the county site. I am pleased about the cooperation we are getting from all levels of government. We will get past this and our lives will return to normal when this crisis passes”, said Freeholder Pierson.


The updated listing of county government hours of operation is listed below:


Cape May County Government Departments and Hours of Operations 


County business will continue to be conducted and essential government services will be provided by our staff as we comply with mandates set forth to limit the spread of COVID-19. 


The Board of Chosen Freeholders has requested all Cape May County government offices restrict public access for the protection of employees and the public. 


Therefore, all Cape May County government buildings are closed to the public with the exception of Social Services, OEM, Sheriff, and Corrections Center.


Thornton recommends that the public consider conducting business with the various departments via phone, fax and/or email as part of our effort to follow “social distancing” guidelines. 


In an emergency, the county will make provisions to ensure needs are met while still following safety procedures. 


Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.


 The Cape May County Library 


The main library and all branches are closed until further notice. Online access is encouraged. 


At this time: 


* Please ignore automated notices about due dates. 


* All late fees will be waived and library card renewals will be extended. 


* We ask that patrons do not put items on hold as we will not be able to fulfill

any holds at this time. 


* All programs and services, including bookmobile and home-bound deliveries, will continue to be on hold until we re-open. 


* Please continue to enjoy your items; we ask that patrons do not return materials until we have reopened. 


The Library’s digital resources will continue to be available through our website. Patrons can check out eBooks, eAudiobooks, digital magazines, music, and more. These resources are available through the library’s website at


 Cape May County Department of Tourism, Public Information, Culture and Heritage 


Hours of Operation: Closed 


Contact Information: Phone: 609-463-6415 






The Cape May County Park & Zoo 


Hours of Operation: Closed 


Contact Information: Phone: 609-465-5271 






All scheduled events and programs are canceled until further notice. If you or your organization have an education program scheduled or a reservation in the park, staff will be contacting you. Our top priority is the health and safety of our staff, guests, volunteers, program participants, and the animals in our care.


New effective March 18 is ZOO SCHOOL.


Each day at 11:30 am, there will be episodes highlighting some of the animals in the zoo, told by their keepers. Children will learn about the animals and will be able to ask questions, and live on FACEBOOK. #cmczooschool 


The Cape May County Clerk’s Office 


Hours of Operation: Closed 


Contact Information: Phone: 609-465-1010 Fax: 609 465-8625 






Services will be completed via telephone, internet, and regular mail. 


Deliveries of documents by courier or in person are directed to our 7 North Main Street, Cape May Court House front entrance. Call the office to schedule delivery.


Passport applicants, notaries public and couples requesting marriage ceremonies are asked to call for a future appointment. 


Primary Election candidates for county offices are requested to call ahead for Primary Election petition filing. Primary election petitions are due on or before Monday, March 30 by 4:00 p.m.


Emergency situations will be handled on a case by case basis. 


 Cape May County Department of Human Services 


The Cape May County Division of Aging and Disability Services 


Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm (closed 12:30-1:30) 


Contact Information: Phone: 609-886-2784 






SNAP recipients who are due for recertifications in March and April will not lose their benefits if they have not completed their recertification process. 


Cape May County Division of Veterans' Services 


Hours of Operation: Office Closed, call for Cemetery 


Contact Information: Phone: 609-886-2762 


Email: David.Louderback@CO.CAPE-MAY.NJ.US 




Staff will be available to answer questions, concerns, and complete applications for services over the phone. 


The Cape May County Tax Board 


Hours of Operation: Closed 


Contact Information: Phone: 609-465-1030 






The Cape May County Tax Board has limited be staff to conduct normal business operations. Necessary services may be completed via telephone 609-465-1030, internet and regular mail. 


Deliveries of documents by courier or in person are directed to our 7 North Main Street, Cape May Court House front entrance. Please call to make the necessary arrangements. Emergency situations will be handled on a case by case basis. 


Cape May County Department of Fare Free Transportation 

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 8:30 am-4:30 pm 

Contact Information: Phone: 609-889-7516 

Email: Daniel.Mulraney@CO.CAPE-MAY.NJ.US 



Fare Free Transportation will be running on a limited schedule until further notice. They will provide life-saving medical trips (dialysis, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, infusion therapy) and life-sustaining grocery shopping trips only. They will also continue to provide service to all Meals on Wheels clients in conjunction with Aging and Disability Services. 


Surrogate’s Office 

Hours of Operation: Closed 

Phone: Office: (609) 463-6669 Fax: (609) 463-6454 



The Surrogate’s Office will be closed to the public until further notice. The department will continue full operation and request those who need assistance to call, mail or email the office. This could slow down response but be assured your needs will be met. The staff will arrange to go to the front door to pick-up papers if an emergency does arise. All payments can be done by check or credit card.


Cape May County Election Board

Hours of Operation: Closed 

Phone: 609 465-1051



All poll worker training has been canceled until further notice. Letters will be sent to Poll Workers with the rescheduled dates.

Please mail all correspondence to the Election Board via US Postal Service. 


Call or email and questions regarding elections.

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