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Posted on: March 21, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Cape May County Government Hours of Operation During the COVID-19 Pandemic

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE, NJ – 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.  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 and Library, and Animal Shelter are closed. The Cape May County Parks and Zoo and the Library is closed. 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 to 4:30, closed from 12:30 to 1:30 for lunch due to reduced staffing levels.  Tuesday evening extended hours have stopped until further notice.  Social distancing guidelines are being strictly adhered.  Consumers are being instructed to complete an online or paper application at home and return via mail or placed in the drop box 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 warned the public that all citizens must be vigilant in stopping the spread. “Our Administrative team has been working extended hours, 7-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,” Freeholder Director Thornton said. 

“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 or 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 resident 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 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.

Freeholder Director 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 your 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 you 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 you 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 cancelled 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 3/18 is ZOO SCHOOL. Each day at 11:30am, there will be episodes highlighting some of 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



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 have 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 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 8:30am-4:30pm  

            Contact Information:  Phone:  609-889-7516

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


Fare Free Transportation will be running on a limited 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.  

The offices will be closed to the general public and all business will be handled via telephone or email.  We believe that these changes will be in the best interest of employees as well as our clients. Attempting to limit contact among our most vulnerable clients while keeping our staff healthy is of utmost importance.  It should also be noted that our vehicles are disinfected with a Virex solution at least twice per day.

Surrogate’s Office

    Hours of Operation:  Closed 

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

Email :

The Surrogate’s Office will be closed 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.


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