Beach Towns, NJ — It's not quite certain how the Jersey Shore will look this summer. But more beaches are getting ready to open amid the new corona virus regulations.
Some may open by Memorial Day weekend or a little after, and several never even closed. Here are some recent updates around the Jersey Shore.Gov. Phil Murphy extended New Jersey's public health emergency Wednesday another 30 days, to June 7. But Murphy has left beach closures, besides those in state parks, up to municipalities. Social distancing remains required until further notice
- Belmar says it's working with neighboring towns to develop a plan to open its beaches on Memorial Day weekend. Belmar Administrator Ed Kirschenbaum said "it's an impossibility to stop people" from going to the beaches, so his town is going to work to make sure the areas is managed as safely as possible.
- Cape May County submitted a plan to the State that includes the reopening of all beaches June 1.
- Some Cape May County towns — such as Wildwood, Avalon and Stone Harbor — have announced plans to reopen before June 1.
- Lavallette reopened its beaches Wednesday for running, walking, fishing and sitting. But the boardwalk remains closed until further notice.
- Manasquan has introduced a "phased" beach reopening plan that will begin on Memorial Day weekend.
- Resident and homeowner placards are no longer necessary to enter Ship Bottom beaches as of Monday.
- Seaside Park beaches reopened, but the boardwalk remains closed, the Borough announced Wednesday.
- Point Pleasant Beach Mayor Paul Kanitra offered possible plans to allow the public back to the beach, the parks, the Manasquan Inlet and the downtown stores if New Jersey takes similar steps to reopen before Memorial Day. Kanitra says the community is looking at even taking steps to promote social distancing at the beaches if Point Pleasant Beach is able to take any steps toward reopening. And he suggested that wearing masks could be one possible requirement.
- Long Branch closed its boardwalk, promenade and adjacent bike paths March 31 but will reopen these areas Saturday morning. The beaches have remained open.
- Ventnor will reopen its beaches at sunrise Friday for passive recreation. Activities such as swimming, sunbathing, sitting and organized sports remain prohibited.