By CBS3 Staff


OCEAN CITY, N.J. (CBS) — Ocean City’s mayor has closed the boardwalk and all beaches. Mayor Jay Gillian is worried more people will disregard Gov. Phil Murphy’s shelter-in-place order as the weather gets warmer.

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“Even with all the directives already in place, it’s clear that not everybody is taking the order to shelter-in-place seriously. With the weather getting warmer, it will only get worse,” Gillian said in a statement. “I fully understand the impact that this will have on Ocean City, but I will always err on the side of caution.”

Gillian added “it’s of utmost importance” to take the senior population’s well-being into consideration.

“I want to take every measure I can to protect the community,” Gillian said.

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