Ocean and lakefront beaches in the state of New Jersey will be open by Memorial Day weekend with capacity limitations and social distancing remaining in place, Gov. Phil Murphy announced at a press conference.
Every beach must establish capacity limits, and six feet social distancing will be enforced except for family groups, household caretakers, or couples, Murphy announced.
As a part of the order that goes into effect May 22, organized contact sports and events will be prohibited, as well as beachfront summer camps and special events that draw people to the beach such as concerts and festivals, and fireworks.
Restaurants must continue to offer take-out and delivery options only. Amusement parks, playgrounds and visitor centers will remain closed.
“We are not ordering it but we highly recommend that you wear a face covering, particularly when social distancing is difficult to maintain, such as while waiting in line for a slice of boardwalk pizza,” Murphy said.
Shower pavilions, changing areas and restrooms will also reopen at beaches.
Restrooms at parks will also reopen as a part of the order.