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With the beaches and boardwalk in Seaside Heights planning on reopening this Friday, earlier today, Seaside Heights officials have rolled out their plan for what the rules and guidelines that we have to follow will be.

Things are going to be very different this summer, and the reality of how things are going to be is quite sad in my personal opinion.

According to Jersey Shore Online, the plan officials have come up with happens in two phases. The first phase occurs from May 15th through May 22nd, and the second phase occurs between May 23rd through June 30th.

Beach & Boardwalk/Phase 1

May 15 – May 22

  • The following gates will be open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. for access to the boardwalk and limited access to the beach: Blaine Avenue, Franklin Avenue, Hiering Avenue, and Hancock Avenue. The gates will be staffed.
  • Activities on the beach are limited to walking, jogging, active surf fishing, and surfing. No swimming (red flags). No beach chairs or blankets. No sitting or standing – please keep moving. No coolers. No dogs.
  • Activities on the boardwalk are limited to walking, jogging, and riding bicycles – please keep moving. No dogs.
  • Beach and boardwalk will be cleared at 5 p.m. and the gates locked.
  • Social distancing required. Wearing a face mask is encouraged but not required unless a superseding State order requiring face masks is issued.
  • No gatherings or groups of 10 or more people.
  • Public restrooms will be closed.
  • Shower pedestals and water fountains will remain shrink wrapped and unavailable.
  • The public is encouraged not to touch handrails and not to sit on benches.

Beach & Boardwalk/Phase 2

May 23 – June 30

  • The following gates will be open 7 a.m. for access to the boardwalk and limited access to the beach (9 a.m.): Blaine Avenue, Franklin Avenue, Dupont Avenue, Hiering Avenue, Carteret Avenue, and Hancock Avenue.
  • No swimming (red flags). No coolers. No dogs.
  • A season beach badge or senior beach badge will be required for beach entry. Season beach badges and senior beach badges must be purchased using the Viply smartphone app or through Viply’s website. There will be no sales of beach badges on the boardwalk. We do not anticipate selling daily wristbands during Phase 2.
  • Beach will be cleared at 5 p.m.
  • Boardwalk will be cleared at 11 p.m. and access gates locked.
  • Social distancing required. Wearing a face mask is encouraged but not required unless a superseding State order requiring face masks is issued.
  • No gatherings or groups of 10 or more people.
  • Public restrooms will be open on a limited basis.
  • Shower pedestals and water fountains will remain shrink-wrapped and unavailable.
  • The public is encouraged not to touch handrails and not to sit on benches.

Officials also say there will be fewer beach attendants and fewer lifeguards because of what Mayor Vaz is called a likely "substantial loss of revenue".

Click HERE to read the other rules and orders regarding Seaside Heights bayfront, rentals, and parking.

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