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Town of Hempstead Public Safety Officers monitor beachgoers on the first day that beaches were opened ahead of the Memorial Day weekend at Town Park at Point Lookout beach on Long Island, N.Y., on Friday.Andrew Kelly / Reuters

NJ - Jersey Shore and many other U.S. beaches reopen for a Memorial Day like no other

Restrictions will be in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

In his song “Jersey Girl,” Tom Waits famously sang, “Down on the shore everything’s all right/ You with your baby on a Saturday night.”

But when the Jersey Shore reopens for Memorial Day weekend with the coronavirus still stalking the state and the rest of the land, not everything will be as “all right” as it used to be.

"SOCIAL DISTANCE TODAY — START SPREADING THE NEWS” is the message Jersey Shore-bound masses will see on flashing billboards as they ford freeways that are expected to be packed. Once they reach their desired destinations, there will be more reminders that life on the shore is still a long way from normal.

No arcades. No rides. No concerts or special events. Closed playgrounds. Capacity limits on beaches. Long lines to use the few public bathrooms that will be open. Just takeout at most bars and restaurants. And drones flying overhead to help authorities monitor it all.

Police and other security will be out on the sand making sure people keep 6 feet apart, and lifeguards will blow the whistle on anyone who does not follow the new rules.

In some towns, like normally bustling Belmar, “ambassadors” like Katrina Clapsis will gently remind people starving for companionship after weeks in quarantine to continue giving each other at least 6 feet of space.

Will it work? “Time will tell,” Clapsis told NBC News’ Ron Allen.

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