New Jersey residents should be able to hit the beach by the upcoming Memorial Day holiday.
Gov. Phil Murphy said he would be “shocked” if beaches aren’t reopened by then.
“I will be shocked if our beaches are not open, but with very specific guidance, just as we opened county and state parks,” Murphy told NJTV in a Zoom interview on Thursday. “You should expect that we’ll give guidance on beaches before Memorial Day.”
Cities and towns are allowed to decide whether their beaches and boardwalks will be open, but the governor can override decisions and implement restrictions.
During the pandemic, some beaches have closed while others have remained open. Last weekend, Murphy allowed state and county parks and golf courses to reopen, but required social distancing measures be in place.
The governor also indicated that curbside service for nonessential businesses could happen soon along with nonessential construction and elective surgeries.
“Could I see sooner than later opening for curbside pickup, just as we’re doing, for instance, with food? I could see that,” Murphy said. “Bear with us on that. I hope to have some guidance in the next week or so.”
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