Mayor Jay Gillian Dear Friends,I want to thank local real estate professionals for their cooperation in fighting the spread of coronavirus.Yesterday, I joined the mayors of Cape May County in urging the elimination of all short-term rentals for the duration of the governor’s executive orders, and I noted in an update this weekend that local leaders in the real estate industry have agreed to do the same.I want to clarify that most Ocean City real estate professionals will not accept any new rental agreement with check-in before May 1. I urge all private owners to do the same. It will be necessary to extend this suspension of new rentals beyond April if the governor’s orders continue.The city’s message to renters and visitors must be clear: Don’t come to Ocean City during the State of Emergency.I also signed a proclamation this afternoon that prohibits the operation of online marketplaces for arranging lodging for stays during the month of April. If the State of Emergency continues into May, so will this prohibition.These measures are consistent with the CDC’s new request to stop all nonessential travel and with Gov. Murphy’s executive orders to shelter in place.Thank you all for your understanding and anticipated cooperation in these matters. I hope all of you and your families stay safe and healthy.Warm regards,Mayor Jay A. Gillian
A new survey by Which? claims consumers want fast-food chains, pizza restaurants, coffee shops and bakeries to display calories on their menus.The consumer group said two out of three adults backed a policy of revealing calorie counts – in the week that it was revealed that McDonald’s, the world’s largest restaurant operator, will begin listing calorie counts on menus here in the UK.So far, 37 companies have agreed to voluntarily supply calorie information as part of the government’s public health responsibility deal and along with McDonald’s, Starbucks, Burger King, Pret A Manger, Harvester, KFC and Pizza Hut have all signed up.However, Which? said that Subway, Pizza Express, Domino’s Pizza, Nando’s, Caffè Nero and Costa are yet to join.It also claimed that: • A Starbucks ‘skinny’ lemon and poppy seed iced muffin contains more calories than its standard apple and cinnamon muffin• A slice of carrot cake from Costa has more calories than a chocolate custard Krispy Kreme doughnutRichard Lloyd, Which? executive director said: “There’s no excuse for the companies already displaying calories in the U.S. not to do the same here. If calorie-labelling cannot be achieved on a voluntary basis, we want the Government to make it a legal requirement.”Commenting of the move by McDoanald’s, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said: “One in six meals are now eaten outside the home and for those meals we often have no idea how many calories we are eating.”Jill McDonald, chief executive and president of McDonald’s UK, added: “In March we announced our intention to extend the communication of nutritional information to our customers to include displaying calories on our menu boards across the UK.“This move, as part of the Public Health Responsibility Deal, supports the principles we believe are important: giving our customers clear information to help them make decisions that are right for them and provide a choice on our menu.”>> Report Do consumers check labels on baked goods?