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Vernon Lifts Ban on Short-term Rentals Effective Saturday, May 23, 2020

The following message was received on Friday, May 22, 2020, from Vernon Mayor Howard Burrell:

As you are aware, as part of Governor Murphy’s efforts to further limit the community spread of COVID-19 from person-to person contact through the use of social mitigation measures, on March 21, 2020, he issued Executive Order No. 107 which required, with limited exceptions, that New Jersey residents remain in their primary place of residence. Because this Executive Order did not adequately reduce the number of individuals who were traveling from their primary place of residence to other locations in New Jersey, and especially to those New Jersey towns where short term-rentals were popular and plentiful, Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, New Jersey State Director of Emergency Management, issued Administrative Order No. 2020-8 giving me and other New Jersey mayors a new tool to assist in the governor’s travel restrictions efforts. This tool came in the form of the ability for local mayors to restrict Airbnb, other online marketplaces, and any other organization or individual from arranging or offering short-term rental lodging in their towns.

Our state’s focus is now on the reopening our society and our economy, and with the governor’s issuance of Executive Order No. 147, as part of his Phase One plan that reopens many outdoor business and activities, mayor’s short-term rental restrictions are no longer required to support the state’s COVID-19 reduction efforts. As a result, mayors in several New Jersey towns that had implemented short-term rental restrictions have already either withdrawn those restrictions or have announced plans to do so – – i.e., the mayor of Long Beach Township has announced that short-term rentals will again be permitted effective June 1;  the mayors of  Wildwood and North Wildwood have announced that short-term rentals will again be permitted effective May 26; and the mayor of Ship Bottom Borough in Ocean County permitted short-term rentals effective May 15.

This is to inform you that effective at 8am on Saturday, May 23, I will cancel my order that restricted Airbnb, other online marketplaces, and any other organization or individual from arranging or offering short-term rental lodging in Vernon Township.

Howard L. Burrell, Mayor

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