Murphy Announces Statewide Rules for Beaches Effective May 22

"We need to continue to comply at the beach", the governor said.

There will be no sports, recreational summer camps, festivals and concerts allowed on any Jersey Shore beaches, Murphy said. Per Governor Murphy, "The success we've had flattening the curve gives us confidence that we'll be able to announce the end of more restrictions in the days and weeks ahead".

The state's virus-related death toll reached 9,508 while the number of cases rose by 898 to 140,743, he said, the fewest new cases since March 25.

Companies must have a base office in New Jersey - home offices do not qualify.

Showers and restrooms may open, but with strict cleaning standards.

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"We are not ordering it but we highly recommend that you wear a face covering, particularly when social distancing is hard to maintain, such as while waiting in line for a slice of boardwalk pizza" said Gov. Murphy.

On a town-to-town basis, some Garden State beaches have already reopened their sandy strips strictly for exercise-only (walking, jogging, biking, and surfing)-but previously no swimming or sunbathing was permitted.

Under Murphy's executive order, every New Jersey beach must limit capacity and enforce social distancing measures, allowing six feet of distance between beachgoers. But on Tuesday, when daily cases dropped below 1,000 for the first time in two months, Murphy indicated that he's inclined to allow beaches to be open. Murphy said he's gotten some "very highly responsible inputs, including a really compelling case from a mayor", whom he didn't identify, about reopening small businesses. Murphy said New Jersey is "seeing good signs but can't lull ourselves into thinking that all is well" even as "we get closer and closer to our restart".

New Jersey, where coronavirus gripped New York City suburbs before spreading south, has shown slow but steady progress on containment.

Capacity limitations decided upon by local officials.

  • Ismael Montgomery