BREAKING: N.J. Water Parks and Amusement Parks Reopen July 2nd
N.J. water and amusement parks officials have the green light to resume, just in time for the Fourth of July weekend.
Governor Murphy made the announcement this afternoon.
This means jersey shore boardwalk rides are permitted to open July 2nd. Playgrounds may also reopen, as per the announcement.
Similar to indoor dining, there will be capacity restrictions in place. The parks will be required to limit their attendance to 50% of their capacity, and face masks will be mandated for both guests and employees.
While Murphy said that specific guidelines will be coming soon, he explained that riders be will seated 6 feet apart from other those outside of their group,
The governor also said that parks will be expected to place markers on the ground as a reminder to stay distanced.
Frequent and extensive sanitization is expected.
The announcement comes as a major victory for the Ocean City Boardwalk Merchants Association who recently called on Governor Murphy to fully reopen businesses and restaurants to give Ocean City the summer it deserves.
Next week will be a big one for the garden state as casinos, indoor dining, and parks will all resume at limited capacity.
While the recent reopening measures bring back a sense of normalcy and excitement for tourists and shore residents, Murphy stressed that the battle to save lives is still very real.