Seaside Announces Plans About Reopening Beach & Boardwalk
As many of us continue to work from home, it's hard to keep track of what day of the week it is and almost impossible to remember the day of the month. So it's no surprise that Memorial Day weekend is creeping up on us.
During most years, thousands of people would be flocking to the Jersey Shore to celebrate the "unofficial start of summer," but the Coronavirus pandemic has thrown a wrench into those plans.
That said, I think all of us are hopeful that at some point this summer, the Jersey Shore as we know it will return to some form of normalcy.
Earlier this week, one of NJ's most popular beach towns, Seaside Heights, announced its plans on reopening its beaches and boardwalks.
According to the Seaside Heights Office of Emergency Management & Mayor’s Office, Phase 1 of the plan is set for May 15-22. During this phase, the township plans to open 4 gates that will give people access to the beach and boardwalk.
The gates will be open between 10am-5pm and beach activities will be limited to " walking, jogging, active surf fishing, and surfing. No swimming (red flags). No beach chairs or blankets. No sitting or standing." Coolers and dogs will not be permitted.
Boardwalk activities will be limited to "walking, jogging, and riding bicycles." Like the beaches, dogs are also not allowed on the boardwalk.
Phase 1 of Seaside Heights's plan also prohibits gatherings or groups of 10 or more people. Plus, public restrooms, shower pedestals, and water fountains will not be available.
Officials are also encouraging the public to not touch handrails or sit on benches.
Seaside Heights also releases guidelines for parking and short-term property rentals. To view that information, as well as the plans that the township has outlined for Phases 2 & 3 of the reopening, click here.