TRENTON, NJ — Charter and rental boats will return to New Jersey’s waterways, beginning at sunrise Monday.

This latest executive order by Gov. Phil Murphy to restart the state’s economy comes two days after he announced that Jersey Shore beaches would reopen for the Memorial Day weekend.

“In addition to enjoying our beaches, our shore-goers will also be able to enjoy some time on the water as well,” he said during his May 16 press briefing. " 

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These steps are being taken “because the data says it is possible,” Murphy said, referring to statistics during the past month that show a continued flattering of the curve of the coronavirus.

 "New hospitalizations are down nearly 70 percent from the peak. Overall hospitalizations are down by more than half since the peak and more than a third during the past few weeks," he said.

Under the new order that takes effects on May 17, boat operators will be required to implement social distancing and sanitation measures. They also will need to take all payments online or by telephone to reduce direct person-to-person contact, as well as maintain passenger and customer logs for “contact tracing” purposes, if warranted.