Manasquan sells out of daily beach badges as Jersey Shore towns see uptick in cases

Some Jersey Shore communities are seeing a rise in coronavirus cases as people have been escaping the summer heat at the beach.

News 12 Staff

Jul 25, 2020, 10:52 AM

Updated 1,359 days ago

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Some Jersey Shore communities are seeing a rise in coronavirus cases as people have been escaping the summer heat at the beach.
Many beaches have put a limit on their daily beach passes, allowing for people to socially distance while on the sand.
Manasquan, which reported 26 cases of coronavirus in one week earlier in July, has already sold out of its 1,000 daily beach badges. Those badges do not include thousands of weekly or seasonal badges sold.
The town has also hired around 20 employees to help with badge sales, booths and bathrooms, which are limited to two people at a time. They also have a patrol team on ATVs to ensure staff and beachgoers are safe and following social distancing practices.
Two lifeguards and three badge attendants recently tested positive for the virus themselves.
"We can't go with a ruler walking up and down the beaches when you have 5,000 people on the beach," says Manasquan Beach Department Manager Wally Wall. "But you still have to go according to the rules. You have to wear a mask when you come off the beach. If you are waiting on line for the bathroom, you have to wear a mask.
More than a dozen lifeguards from Harvey Cedars in Long Beach Island also tested positive for coronavirus.
Those cases are being connected to a party in Surf City earlier in the week.
A total of 14 lifeguards are now off-duty and were quarantined, according to a statement on Harvey Cedars' website.
The borough says they have more than 70 lifeguards and beaches will remain fully staffed with all safety measures in place.
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