‘That is exactly as it should be:’ Gov. Murphy directs New Jersey beaches can be reopened with restrictions

Gov. Phil Murphy has directed that New Jersey's beaches can be reopened in time for the Memorial Day weekend, with restrictions on gatherings and social distancing, but some Jersey Shore towns are ahead of the governor’s plan to reopen beaches next week.

News 12 Staff

May 15, 2020, 9:42 AM

Updated 1,439 days ago

Share:

Gov. Phil Murphy has directed that New Jersey's beaches can be reopened in time for the Memorial Day weekend, with restrictions on gatherings and social distancing, but some Jersey Shore towns are ahead of the governor’s plan to reopen beaches next week, and are opening up today.
PHOTOS: COVID-19 Impacts the World
undefined
 
Seaside Heights began its first of a two-phased reopening plan at 10 a.m.  Five access points to the boardwalk and the beach will be open until 5 p.m. After that, everyone will be cleared out. No swimming, sitting, chairs or blankets, public restrooms, showers, and fountains. Beach activities are limited to walking, jogging, surf fishing, and surfing. There will be monitors on the beach, making sure everyone is following the rules, and not gathering in one spot. Face masks are recommended, but not required.
Mayor Tony Vaz talks about which of these restrictions will be lifted by next weekend.

"The restrictions that will be eased will permit people to have blankets chairs and have more mobility and that's basically the changes but our bathrooms will be open to the public sanitized and monitored within 15 minutes of each use," says Mayor Tony Vaz.

Rides and boardwalk games will remain closed for now, an order from the governor. 
Point Pleasant's Maryland Avenue Beach will also reopen today. Point Pleasant's boardwalk is still closed, as well as Jenkinson's. There's no reopening date for that right now either.
PHOTOS: Your Hometown Heroes
undefined
 
Gov. Murphy said Thursday beaches and lakefronts can reopen, but that gatherings, such as concerts and fireworks, will be prohibited. Each town must establish its own capacity limitations and enforce social distancing.
Beaches will be limiting the amount of people on the beach at one time, along with making sure beach-goers stay at least six feet apart from other groups. Areas such as shower pavilions and restrooms will be cleaned frequently. Amusement parks, playgrounds and arcades are staying closed.
"So, this Memorial Day, New Jerseyans can still have the words that ring in our ears thanks to Springsteen and Waits,” says Gov. Murphy. “Cause down the shore, everything's alright, and even in these challenging times, that is exactly as it should be."
Beach access has varied from town to town over the last several weeks, as some have clashed with the state by opening parts of their beaches or have tried to restrict access to local residents only.
The new order goes into effect next Friday. Boardwalk restaurants will continue to be open for take-out and delivery only.   
AP wire services helped contribute to this report.


More from News 12
0:53
WATCH: Body camera shows police rescuing dogs at Fairfield business complex

WATCH: Body camera shows police rescuing dogs at Fairfield business complex

1:13
Sunny today with highs in the 60s before rain arrives Wednesday in New Jersey

Sunny today with highs in the 60s before rain arrives Wednesday in New Jersey

0:18
Police: 1 person killed in South Brunswick crash involving car and motorcycle

Police: 1 person killed in South Brunswick crash involving car and motorcycle

0:20
Police: Burglar found in crawl space at Ocean Township diner

Police: Burglar found in crawl space at Ocean Township diner

Police: 1 person killed in car crash on Route 535 in South Brunswick

Police: 1 person killed in car crash on Route 535 in South Brunswick

1:52
Rahway police seek public’s help identifying suspects in attempted car thefts, burglaries

Rahway police seek public’s help identifying suspects in attempted car thefts, burglaries

0:29
Former Wildwood mayor indicted for 2nd time, accused of tax evasion

Former Wildwood mayor indicted for 2nd time, accused of tax evasion

2:53
News 12 and Red Bulls host Weather Education Day at Red Bull Arena

News 12 and Red Bulls host Weather Education Day at Red Bull Arena

1:29
Best of New Jersey: Enjoying sweet treats at Enjou Chocolat in Morristown

Best of New Jersey: Enjoying sweet treats at Enjou Chocolat in Morristown

0:27
Newark Liberty International Airport’s Terminal A named world’s best terminal by Skytrax

Newark Liberty International Airport’s Terminal A named world’s best terminal by Skytrax

0:31
Authorities ID 3 people killed in South Brunswick crash

Authorities ID 3 people killed in South Brunswick crash

0:55
Red Cross: 14 people from 3 families displaced by Newark fire

Red Cross: 14 people from 3 families displaced by Newark fire

0:26
USDA warns of ground beef that may be contaminated with E.coli

USDA warns of ground beef that may be contaminated with E.coli

0:48
9 steps to take if your ‘fur-ever’ friend goes missing

9 steps to take if your ‘fur-ever’ friend goes missing

1:38
Multiple agencies search for missing Island Heights woman

Multiple agencies search for missing Island Heights woman

1:50
Solar eclipse partially to blame for uptick in gas prices

Solar eclipse partially to blame for uptick in gas prices

1:09
Jersey Proud: Dionne Warwick, Kool & the Gang inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Jersey Proud: Dionne Warwick, Kool & the Gang inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

0:21
Bergen County Prosecutor's Office takes over Hackensack Police Department Internal Affairs Bureau

Bergen County Prosecutor's Office takes over Hackensack Police Department Internal Affairs Bureau

1:21
23-year-old spreads autism awareness as a disability inclusion advocate

23-year-old spreads autism awareness as a disability inclusion advocate

1:43
New Brunswick man arrested, accused of damaging Center for Islamic Life at Rutgers University

New Brunswick man arrested, accused of damaging Center for Islamic Life at Rutgers University