Toms River extends overnight curfew for minors in barrier island beach communities
Toms River has extended its curfew in barrier island beach communities through Sept. 30.
The curfew, which went into effect Monday, prohibits minors aged 17 or under to be outdoors unaccompanied by a parent or guardian in North Beach and Ortley Beach from 11 p.m. through 5 a.m.
Exceptions include medical emergencies, travel to and from gainful employment, travel to and from religious or education functions, and travel to and from a private gathering. Juveniles may also perform errands or legitimate business if instructed to do so by their parent or guardian.
The current curfew differs from the 2020 and 2021 proclamations which did not include Ortley Beach. The 2020 curfew started at 9 p.m. and the 2021 curfew started at 10 p.m.
The curfew is enacted under the authority of Gov. Phil Murphy's Executive Order No. 103. Those violating the curfew could be charged with a disorderly person's offense and subject to penalties.
The curfew comes following complaints from residents of the communities of unruly behavior by juveniles during the Memorial Day weekend.