Jersey Shore Set To Safely Welcome Visitors This Holiday Weekend

Marla Diamond
July 02, 2020 - 6:50 pm

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    SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (WCBS 880) — While it won’t be business as usual, casinos and other attractions will be opening up this holiday weekend along the Jersey Shore.

    WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reports thrill seekers will be back on the roller coasters along the Jersey Shore, but at a distance.

    Parks spokeswoman Maria Solsman says they want it to be fun, but safe.

    “We have two rows and maybe we'll do one seat empty in between and only two in the back where it usually beholds eight, so we're gonna space out people,” she explains. “If you are with your family, you come with them, you are obviously able to sit with them.”

    Restaurants will also be ready to serve customers. 

    The owner of Joe’s Restaurant, across from Casino Pier, says he’s been eager to serve customers for months.

    Casino Pier - Seaside Heights
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    “In fact, if I'm not mistaken, I think they ordered 20 dozen rolls, five dozen bagels and six dozen hot dog rolls,” he said.

    Mayor Anthony Voss said Seaside Heights needs tourists desperately, but it’s a delicate balance.

    “We have to be proactive. I know there are people that believe this is a hoax. I don't personally believe this is a hoax. I believe this is a true thing,” Mayor Voss said. “We've seen people die in New York other states. I think it's a real thing.”

    Indoor dining was scheduled to begin in New Jersey on Thursday, ahead of the holiday weekend, but Gov. Phil Murphy decided to postpone the start date after seeing overcrowding at a number of bars along the shore. 

    He also cited coronavirus spikes in states that currently allow indoor dining. 

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