“There will be swimming,” but beach capacity may be restricted by oceanfront towns, Murphy said. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

NJ - Beaches to reopen, partly

Jersey shore beaches will be back in business for Memorial Day, if not quite full-tilt, Governor Phil Murphy said Thursday.

With COVID-19 fatalities, cases and hospitalizations on the wane statewide, New Jersey is ready to take “a big step… and do it in a way to protect the public health,” Murphy said at his daily press briefing on the pandemic.

• One day after signing an executive order to permit curbside commerce at non-essential retail businesses, Murphy announced a partial restoration of oceanfront and lakefront activity in time for the summer-inaugurating holiday.

Boardwalk restaurants, like all others statewide, will be permitted to operate on a takeout-only basis. Shops, like other retail operations statewide, will not be allowed to let customers in, but must instead conduct “curbside” transactions or deliveries, Murphy said.

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