Mayor Marty Small announced the creation of a Strategic Policy Group that will spearhead the city’s efforts to prepare the destination for reopening and recovery. Their work will lay the groundwork for when Atlantic City has made significant improvement in containing COVID-19.

The policy group is comprised of leaders and stakeholders from both the public and private sectors led by Mayor Small along with representatives from the City of Atlantic City, the Atlantic City Police Department, the Atlantic City Fire Department, the Atlantic City Office of Emergency Management, New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, New Jersey Casino Control Commission, New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, Atlantic City Board of
Education, New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce, Atlantic City Casino Association, and Atlantic City Boardwalk Merchants Association.

“The policy group will address challenges and opportunities related to a safe, sustainable, and gradual reopening of Atlantic City”, said Mayor Small. “Getting employees back to work and reopening commerce will require that certain essential services and resources are in place.”

The policy group will be guided by the following priorities:

  • Safety measures for re-welcoming visitors
  • Best practices for workplace safety
  • Consistent communication
  • Connecting individuals to jobs
  • Concentration on the city’s most vulnerable
  • Complement federal and state efforts
  • Public transportation
  • Liability
  • Ability to support physical distancing in a variety of settings, and
  • Ability to monitor and protect through testing

The policy group began meeting the first week of April and will continue for the foreseeable future.