Boardwalks, Playgrounds, Amusement Parks Reopening

Photo by Bob Vosseller

  NEW JERSEY – Boardwalks, playgrounds and water parks will be back for summer fun starting on July 2.

  Gov. Phil Murphy announced today during his daily press conference that such attractions including amusement parks, arcades and other recreation will be reopened in the state.

  The governor said this was based on declining metrics. These statistics unfortunately included 382 new coronavirus cases and 57 more deaths from the virus as of today. The total number of positive cases statewide is 169,734, with 12,949 people having died.

  He said playgrounds, amusement parks and water parks will reopen just in time for the Fourth of July holiday and that he would announce a reopening of indoor recreation, including arcades, tomorrow.

  Rides on the boardwalks would be permitted but there are conditions for reopening. Those conditions include that parks must reopen at 50 percent capacity and specific health guidance is being completed.

  Masks will be required of staff and attendees “where practicable” while riders will configured to be six feet apart between groups, and the rides must be sanitized. Distance markers will be placed.

  “We want everyone to enjoy their time responsibly,” the governor said.