Some people on the way to the Jersey Shore this Memorial Day weekend may be wondering: Does the reopening of beaches and boardwalks also mean you can stay with family and friends and a summer home, rental or hotel despite the state’s ongoing coronavirus restrictions?
Technically, statesman Phil Murphy said on Friday, there is no strict state ban on doing so, even if you share the space with people you haven’t isolated yourself during the pandemic.
But there are limitations. Officials said indoor meetings remain limited to ten people in the state and local municipalities have the right to ban rents and hotel stays during the crisis.
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Murphy also strongly urged to be careful about mixing indoors with those you have not quarantined.
“I would just say: Go into it with your eyes open,” the governor said. “I would keep your distance. It’s a personal opinion. I would not sit side by side indoors with someone you haven’t hung up with yet. “
Murphy has allowed beaches, boardwalks and lakes to reopen with some guidelines as of Friday, though New Jersey continues to address the second most deaths and falls in COVID-19 among US states.
Cities must implement restrictions on social distance, including reduced capacity. Dining is limited to pick-up and delivery. People are also strongly encouraged to wear facial coatings, even though they are not guilty. Arcade games, boardwalks, concerts and fireworks are not allowed.
The move is one of several steps that Murphy has taken in recent days to gradually lift his almost-locked orders during the pandemic as the state’s daily numbers of deaths, cases and hospitalizations continue to decline.
On Friday, the state increased the limit for outdoor gatherings from 10 to 25 people and allowed the campsites to be opened immediately.
Some critics have worried that the reopening of the beaches could cause a further increase in deaths and falls, especially if they are visiting the beaches in the beach. And some cities have expressed concern that they do not have enough police to enforce restrictions. Murphy acknowledged that Point Pleasant is a city that is worried about it.
Colonel Patrick Callahan, the state’s police inspector, said law enforcement officials have worked with the state’s police education commission to ensure there are enough officers, in addition to state police troops.
“We believe we will be well positioned with staff during the summer to support the Shore cities,” Callahan said.
Murphy also said he doesn’t have a timeline yet for when arcade or boardwalk stores can open again.
“If we continue to have another couple of good weeks here, I hope we will, especially if they are outdoors,” he said.
Non-essential retailers throughout the state may offer pickup at the streets.
Murphy also said he will be at the beach sometime this weekend, if the weather is nice (rain is expected on Friday and Saturday). He said he will either run on the boardwalk or walk with his broad in the Seaside Heights and Seaside Park area.
“I don’t have an exact moment when,” he said.
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New Jersey, a densely populated state with 9 million residents, has reported at least 10,985 deaths attributed to COVID-19, with at least 152,719 cases since the outbreak began on March 4. Only New York has more deaths and cases among US states.
Officials reported 146 new deaths and 1,394 new positive tests in New Jersey on Friday.
Murphy said Thursday that more companies – such as salons and gyms – may reopen with guidelines “within a few weeks.”
As the economy has suffered huge losses, some lawmakers, companies and residents have pushed him to move faster, which means that more companies can allow customers within as long as there are security measures.
The state Republican Party announced Thursday that it is right for Murphy to open small businesses again, arguing that he “arbitrarily” explained which companies are considered important.
More than 1.1 million New Jersey residents have applied for unemployment since mid-March, but the number of claims has declined in recent days. Many say they have waited for weeks to get paid and have struggled with the state’s busy telephone and online system.
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