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For all the beach lovers and water babies in New Jersey, here is some good news for you. Shore towns in Cape May County will reopen the beaches this week for a limited time. By Upasana Singh
Cape May County towns such as Wildwood, Avalon, and Stone Harbor have announced their plans to reopen for a limited time. In a letter written by the mayors of the towns to their respective communities, the boroughs have agreed to limited access to the beaches for fishing, walking, running, and surfing from dawn to dusk starting May 8.
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In order to stay safe and prevent the spread of Coronavirus, rules of social distancing will be strictly employed. Officials have announced that no stationary activities, including sitting on chairs or blankets, will be permitted. As reported by 6abc Action News, Mayors Judith Davies-Dunhour and Martin Pagliuighi said, “The beaches will be patrolled to make sure that social distancing practices are followed and there are no large groups of people gathered.”
Regular beach regulations will continue to apply. People have been urged to follow these temporary rules in view of the current Coronavirus crisis. If the rules are neglected, the mayors will be forced to close the beaches again.
This limited beach access accommodation is meant to provide people with an open space for relaxation, exercise, and looking at the ocean. Complete access for swimming and picnics will only be considered after there are no new confirmed cases of the virus.
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Other public places such as basketball courts, playgrounds, tennis courts, boardwalks, libraries, and recreation centres, in Avalon and Stone Harbor will remain closed.
In North Wildwood and Wildwood, not only the beaches but also the boardwalk, playgrounds and parks will reopen on May 8. People will be allowed to go running, biking, or walking. Short term or transient rentals are allowed to commence from June 1, as well as hotels and motels with 60 per cent capacity at first until June 22. However, it has not been confirmed whether retail and food services will be reopened in the town.
Meanwhile, the residents of New Jersey have been given stay-at-home orders by the state officials. Till now, the northeastern US state has over 1,28,000 confirmed cases of the virus with over 7,500 people losing their lives.