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North Wildwood Mayor Patrick Rosenello took to Facebook to make an announcement that is sure to elate some people and concern others.

This Friday, May 8th, the boardwalk, beachs, parks, and playground of Wildwood and North Wildwood will reopen to the public.

Mayor Rosenello does mention that the guidelines for social distancing will still be in place, saying "walking, running, operating a wheelchair, or engaging in outdoor activities with immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners while following best social distancing practices with other individuals, including staying six feet apart. When in public, individuals must practice social distancing and stay six feet apart whenever practicable, excluding immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners."

Right now, restaurants and other stores aren't fully re-opening. Curbside and take-out will still be available at whatever eateries are already offering those services, but it will be up to Governor Murphy to announce a state-wide re-opening.

While I know that plenty of people will love the fact that a big shore town is re-opening, it does worry me. Don't get me wrong, I know we can't sit inside and hide forever, but I just get a feeling of dread about opening a popular tourist location, with the potential of thousands of people gathering. Wildwood has an advantage over some other towns because of it's wide beaches, but it's still hard to rely on people to always make the best decision. We've already seen examples of people who can't be trusted to maintain social distance, but hopefully this weekend everyone will behave and we can point to this as an example of how to re-open the state.

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