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Are beaches open?

Last Updated: 05/20/2020

Beaches, boardwalks, lakes, and lakeshores in New Jersey can reopen on Friday, May 22, permitted that social distancing measures are followed.

Restaurants and bars are still limited to delivery and take-out services only. Amusement parks and arcades, and other places of public amusement, remain closed. Any outdoor seating, such as tables or benches, must be removed, tape off, or otherwise blocked.

Individuals should wear a face covering, especially when social distancing is difficult to maintain, such as when waiting in lines.

Local governments must introduce restrictions to limit physical interactions including:

  • Imposing non-discriminatory capacity restrictions;
  • Requiring that members of the public practice social distancing;
  • Developing and implementing lifeguard training and beach operation plans that address COVID-19 considerations;
  • Removing, taping-off or otherwise blocking all benches and tables;
  • Prohibiting the tying together of boats to prevent group gatherings;
  • Developing and implementing a continuous public outreach campaign, including signage, social media, town and county websites, mobile device applications, radio, and banner-plane advertising;
  • Prohibiting special events such as festivals, concerts, fireworks, and movies;
  • Prohibiting all organized or contact activities or sports;
  • Limit occupancy in public restrooms; and
  • Implementing sanitization protocols.

Local governments can determine specific social distancing measures including but not limited to:

  • Demarcating six feet of spacing in any areas where the public may form a line;
  • Limiting the number of lifeguards to each stand or tower, maintaining social distance between lifeguards, and adding stands or towers as necessary;
  • Installing physical barriers between the public and employees in ticket or beach badge sale booths; and
  • Limiting occupancy of ticket or beach badge sales booth to one person at a time.

Source: Executive Order No. 143