Beaches and Lakeshores to Open With Social Distancing Measures in Place

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(Camden, NJ) – Governor Phil Murphy issued an executive order yesterday, May 14, to allow all public and private beaches, boardwalks, lakes and lakeshores in New Jersey to open on May 22 with measures in places to require social distancing.

Water fountains, picnic areas, playgrounds, pavilions and indoor facilities such as visitor centers must remain closed. Outdoor seating areas such as picnic tables and benches must be removed or taped off. The order grants an exception to allow bathrooms, changing areas and showering facilities to be open with capacity limitations and sanitization protocols.

These guidelines also apply to public piers, docks and boat ramps statewide. Restaurants and bars that are on beaches, boardwalks and lakeshores will continue to be limited to take-out and delivery orders only.

Special events such as concerts and festivals remain prohibited along with any organized or contact activities, including sports.

“The re-opening of our beaches, boardwalks and lakeshores is certainly welcome news both in terms of what it means to our economy and what it means for people who need to get outside and be active in a safe way,” said Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli Jr. “We look forward to opening up our lakeshores in Camden County with safety measures in place so that residents can once again enjoy these public spaces.”

For a detailed list of restrictions related to the re-opening of these spaces, please visit