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In this Tuesday, May 12, 2020 photo, workers prepare the beach in Belmar, N.J. for the summer season amid the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Phil Murphy is expected to issue guidelines on Thursday, May 14, 2020, on when and how New Jersey's beaches can begin to reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

NJ - What will Jersey Shore beaches be like in the Summer of Bug?

Joanna Eichert longs for the summer days of years gone by at the Jersey Shore, which she recalls as “very crowded and very relaxing.”

But with New Jersey’s governor giving shore towns the go-ahead to begin reopening their beaches amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, it remains to be seen if the Summer of Bug will be either of those things.

Thursday afternoon, Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy issued long-awaited guidance to officials in shore towns on reopening beaches, directing them to set occupancy limits, require six feet (2 meters) of space between beachgoers except family members or couples, and prohibit groups of 10 or more from congregating on the beach.

Showers, changing pavilions and rest rooms should be open, but amusement rides and arcades will remain closed and beach fireworks prohibited. Murphy also urged towns to set limits on the amount of daily beach badges they sell.

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