New Jersey, one of the states hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic, is taking a monumental step by deciding to open its beaches in time for Memorial Day weekend. While it probably won’t look like a typical summer beach season, with some new restrictions and limitations in place, it’ll surely be a relief for the people of New Jersey who have been under stay-at-home orders since March 21.
According to governor Phil Murphy, “We are living through unprecedented times, but we have confidence that residents and out-of-state visitors, alike, can take in a day at the beach safely, so long as the measures we are announcing today…are followed. Every beach will be required to establish capacity limitations, but we will leave it to local leaders to determine the method that would be best for their community.”
BREAKING: The Jersey Shore will be open in time for Memorial Day Weekend, with social distancing guidelines in place. The Shore is central to our Jersey identity and we want to ensure that families can safely enjoy it this summer. pic.twitter.com/BojwAZKih5
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) May 14, 2020
These restrictions will likely limit the number of beach tags issued to visitors, while those from different households will be asked to remain six feet apart. Lifeguards will be present and swimming will be allowed. While boardwalk and restaurants will be open, the latter will remain limited to takeout and delivery. Rides, arcades, and playgrounds will remain closed.