Gov. Phil Murphy made the announcement Thursday: New Jersey can go down the shore.
Beaches and lakes will be open effective Friday, May 22 for Memorial Day Weekend.
Murphy signed an executive order allowing beaches and boardwalks to remain open with social distancing in place.
“Going down the Shore is part of our DNA, and we’re determined to allow families the opportunity to safely enjoy it in time for Memorial Day,” said Murphy.
The amount of beach goers allowed on any beach or lakefront will be restricted and social distancing will be extended to beaches. Limiting beach tags for any given day might be one method used, but at all beaches, there must be at least a six foot distance between beach goers except for couples/family groups. Local officials will determine how to best implement the measures in their communities.
Restaurant can operate for take out and curbside pick up only.
Some elements that make the Jersey Shore family-friendly will need to remain closed, such as amusement parks, arcades, picnic areas and playgrounds. Games, events and fireworks displays will also not be allowed.
Murphy stressed that these restrictions were for the time being and that things might look dramatically different a month from now.
Murphy also said while the state is not specifically ordering it, “we highly recommend you wear a face covering, particularly when social distancing is hard to maintain, such as waiting in line for a slice of boardwalk pizza.”
Murphy also announced Thursday that he was directing the reopening of restroom facilities at New Jersey parks, so long as they undergo frequent and proper cleaning.