OCEAN CITY, N.J. (CBS) — The Jersey Shore is open for enterprise as eased restrictions and heat climate greeted beachgoers on Friday. Enterprise homeowners hope that is only the start of a much-needed enhance.
Folks clearly couldn’t wait to get down the shore. Whereas lots of the companies are nonetheless closed, the boardwalk in Ocean Metropolis was packed. Mayors up and down the Jersey Shore say they haven’t been this hell-bent about reopening for the reason that summer season after Hurricane Sandy hit.
“I feel it’s a great constructive begin to what gave the impression to be a depressing season,” Wildwood Crest Mayor Don Cabrera mentioned.
There have been positives indicators down the Jersey Shore on Friday. Seashores and boardwalks are set to reopen this weekend, many reopening for the primary time since mid-March.
In Ocean Metropolis, the seashores don’t open till Saturday, however the boardwalk is open for individuals to stroll and jog and get takeout orders from eating places.
Whereas they’re asking individuals to take care of social distancing, Eyewitness Information seen many individuals not following tips.
Additional down the shore, in Wildwood Crest, Cabrera says, whereas they could be off to a slower begin, optimism is rising.
“It might very nicely push the season towards the tip of the summer season versus having that push to start with of the season,” Cabrera mentioned.
As of 6 a.m. on Friday, beachgoers have been allowed to take a seat and sunbathe. Nonetheless, swimming is just not permitted till subsequent Saturday when lifeguards return to responsibility.
Resorts and short-term leases stay unavailable till June 1. Many retail outlets stay closed.
“You bought the bike path there, you bought bikers and it’s only a disgrace as a result of you possibly can’t lease,” mentioned DB Bradley’s Bikes proprietor Dan Bradley.
To assist the numerous small companies within the state that have been compelled to shut, the state legislature practically unanimously handed $100 million in forgivable loans. Eating places, bars, resorts and different small hospitality companies might apply for the zero-interest loans.
“The issue is, there’s by no means going to be sufficient cash, however now we have to throw as a lot cash as we presumably can at these small companies,” New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney mentioned. “They’re too essential to our financial system.”
Lots of the cities are asking you to take care of social distancing. Gov. Phil Murphy has threatened to shut the seashores once more if there are violations.