TRENTON, NJ - Governor Phil Murphy is in the process of his daily COVID-19 press conference. For beach communities along the New Jersey shore, beaches and boardwalks will be open with some restrictions as of Friday, May 22.
Beaches will still be open to the public with limited capacity. This means restrictions on beach badges and requirements as far as social distancing on both beaches and lake areas. Families may sit together as is the protocol in visiting parks throughout the state. Bathrooms and changing facilities will be permitted to open at the beaches and parks.
On boardwalks, arcades and amusement rides will need to remain closed. Boardwalk restaurants may be open for take-out and delivery. Visitors are encouraged - but not obligated to wear masks when standing in line for food.
"The Jersey shore is where memories are made," said Murphy. "The last thing any of us wanted was for the Jersey shore to be a memory."
Murphy's Executive Order of today does not pertain to the opening of public pools or private swim clubs.
More on today's press conference later today.