New Jersey beaches to reopen in time for Memorial Day weekend, Gov. Murphy says

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NEW JERSEY — The Jersey Shore will be open in time for Memorial Day weekend, Gov. Murphy announced Thursday.

“The Jersey Shore is where memories are made,” he said during his daily coronavirus briefing.

Shower pavilions, changing areas and restrooms and restroom facilities at parks will reopen, Murphy added.

This goes into effect Friday, May 22. “Memorial Day is more than a week away, but the data tells us we can make this announcement,” Murphy said.

Every New Jersey beach must adhere to the following restrictions:

  • Establish capacity limitations
  • Enforce social distancing measures
  • Prohibit contact sports and organized events
  • Implement proper and regular sanitation

Boardwalk restaurants must continue to operate for take-out and delivery only and amusement parks, playground and visitor centers to remain closed.

Murphy said that reopening state parks served as a guideline on how to approach reopening the beaches across the state.

As the state continues to see progress in its battle against the coronavirus outbreak, Murphy announced Wednesday that non-essential retail stores can reopen for curbside pickup as well as non-essential construction and drive-through operations.

The state has reported over 142,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with nearly 10,000 deaths, according to Gov. Phil Murphy.

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