Pandemic Closes Jersey Shore Hotel On Memorial Day For 1st Time In Decades

Peter Haskell
May 27, 2020 - 6:36 pm

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JERSEY SHORE, N.J. (WCBS 880) — The coronavirus pandemic has led to the closure of many businesses, including an iconic Jersey Shore hotel that has not been open in weeks. 

For the first time in a nearly half a century, the Jolly Roger in Wildwood Crest was closed on Memorial Day, and the owner says it was a “devastating” decision to make. 

Judy Lobrutto tells WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell that the hotel will wait until July 1 to reopen and limit capacity.

“Just to give everyone enough room,” she explains. 

To make her guests feel safe, she’ll keep her lobby closed and won’t hire staff.

“I'm also not going to use the cleaning girls. I'm going to do all the cleaning myself and my husband,” Lobrutto explains.

Her goals are modest when she reopens.

“I want to pay my bills, that's what I hope to get out of this,” she says.

Lobrutto was able to quickly rebuild her business after Superstorm Sandy, but says the uncertainty now is much worse. 

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