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Are beaches open? What are the restrictions?

Last Updated: 10/19/2021

Beaches, boardwalks, lakes, and lakeshores in New Jersey can reopen.

NOTE: For specific openings and safety protocols at beaches and lakeshores, please check with local or municipal authorities.

There is no capacity limit for outdoor gatherings.

In New Jersey, face masks are no longer required in most outdoor and indoor settings. Face masks are strongly recommended for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals in indoor settings where there is increased risk, including:

  • Crowded indoor settings
  • Indoor settings involving activities with close contact with others who may not be fully vaccinated
  • Indoor settings where the vaccine status of other individuals in the setting is unknown
  • Where an individual is immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease

NOTE: Social distancing, masking, and other safety measures are still required in high-risk areas such as schools, healthcare settings, public transportation, child care centers, correctional facilities, and homeless shelters.

Playgrounds, amusement parks, and water parks may reopen indoor and outdoor spaces. The NJ Department of Health has released safety recommendations for high-touch amusement and recreation facilities. For more information, refer to this article.

Source: Executive Order No. 196; Executive Order No. 239; Executive Order No. 242