A lifeguard stand at Brick Beach III. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
A lifeguard stand at Brick Beach III. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Brick’s recreation office was flooded with phone calls Monday, just a few days after the township announced that its beaches would reopen with social distancing measures in effect to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

Brick will, indeed, limit the number of daily badges sold each day this summer, but has not placed a limit on the number of seasonal badges that will be sold. There apparently was some confusion over the matter, leading township officials to re-announce its plans for the upcoming season.

“Please know that there is no limit on how many season badges are being sold,” the announcement said. “If you cannot get through to someone today, you will be able to purchase badges tomorrow, later in the week or next week.

Monday was the first day badges for 2020 beach season were on sale. Brick will open all three of its public beaches this summer, though they will be subject to social distancing requirements as well as any future statewide mandates that are expected to be put in place by Gov. Phil Murphy. Rules from the state level, which have yet to be announced, are out of the township’s control.

Badges can be purchased by calling the Recreation Department at 732-262-1044. Season badges can be purchased by check or credit card only. Once payment is received, badges will be available for pick up at the Brick Municipal Building, 401 Chambers Bridge Road, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Season beach badges cost $25 until June 15 and $30 on June 16 and later. Season parking passes are $30. Cash will be accepted for daily badges and daily parking passes at the beaches.

As in years past, residents ages 65 and over by Sept. 1, 2020 and veterans are eligible to receive a free daily wristband at the beaches with a valid ID. Senior season parking passes are $15.