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Hundreds of people line up to purchase seasonal beach badges in Belmar, N.J. on Saturday, May 16, 2020. (Daniel Cutillo via Storyful)

NJ - Jersey Shore town's beach badge sale draws hundreds ahead of reopening for Memorial Day weekend

Hundreds of people in New Jersey stood in line to purchase beach access badges Saturday ahead of what could be a busy Memorial Day weekend.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced last week that the state's beaches would reopen in time for the holiday weekend with certain restrictions aimed at reducing the risk of spreading coronavirus.

Beachgoers will be asked to maintain six feet of separation, except for relatives or household members, and there will be admission and overall capacity limits at beaches.

"The Shore is central to our Jersey identity, and we want to ensure that families can safely enjoy it this summer," Murphy said Tuesday.

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Murphy encouraged local officials to set beach capacities using beach tags or geographical spatial analysis in certain areas. Masks are encouraged but not required on the sand. Bathrooms, showers, and changing rooms will be open and cleaned frequently.

In the Jersey Shore town of Belmar, where seasonal badges are required for beach access, hundreds of people waited in line Saturday.

The people in line – most of whom were maintaining social distancing – could be seen in a drone video taken from near Taylor Pavilion on the boardwalk.

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