TRENTON, NJ -- The Jersey Shore will reopen in time for Memorial Day Weekend, with social distancing guidelines in place.

Starting May 22, more than 120 miles of beaches in the state of 9 million, as well as lakefronts, will re-open under a series of social distancing rules such as special limits on capacity and demarcation lines to maintain six feet of distance. 

A public outreach campaign on social distancing restrictions will commence, according to the governor. Among the requirements for beach reopenings:

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  • Capacity and admissions limitations.
  • Six feet demarcations in certain areas.
  • No special events.
  • Sanitizing requirements.
  • Playgrounds, rides, arcades, games, water fountains, picnic areas, and water play equipment remain closed.

"The Shore is central to our Jersey identity, and we want to ensure that families can safely enjoy it this summer," Gov. Phil Murphy announced during his daily COVID-19 press conference on Thursday.

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.

The governor also announced that he is directing the reopening of restroom facilities at our parks, so long as they undergo frequent and proper cleaning.

TAPinto will have more on the press conference later today.

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