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People line up, practicing social distancing and wearing face masks, to purchase a seasonal beach badges at Taylor Pavilion in Belmar on Friday.Patti Sapone | NJ Advance Media

N.J. hasn’t banned staying with friends at a Shore house. But there are limits, Murphy says.

Some people heading to the Jersey Shore this Memorial Day weekend might be wondering: Does the reopening of beaches and boardwalks also mean you can stay with family and friends at a summer home, rental, or hotel? Or are you blocked by the state’s stay-at-home coronavirus restrictions?

Officials reported 146 new deaths and 1,394 new positive tests in New Jersey on Friday.

Technically, Gov. Phil Murphy said Friday, there’s no strict statewide ban on sharing a Shore house or hotel, even if you’re staying with people you’ve not been isolating with during the pandemic.

But there are limitations. Officials said indoor gatherings remain limited to 10 people in the state, and local municipalities have the right to bar rentals and hotel stays during the crisis.

“Some have and some haven’t,” Matt Platkin, the governor’s chief counsel, said during the state’s daily coronavirus briefingin Trenton

Murphy also strongly encouraged people to be careful about mingling indoors with those they haven’t been quarantining with.

“I would just say: Go into that with your eyes open,” the governor said. “I would keep your distance. That’s a personal opinion. I would not be sitting side by side tightly indoors with someone you’ve not been hanging around with yet.”

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