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The Latest Jersey Shore Beach and Boardwalk Openings

Tuesday, May 19, 2020   /   by Teresa Dipeso

The Latest Jersey Shore Beach and Boardwalk Openings

May 19, 2020

Jersey Shore beachgoers have reason to celebrate as beaches and most boardwalks are opening in time for the holiday weekend that kicks off summer. Gov. Phil Murphy gave municipalities the green light May 14, amid the coronavirus pandemic, to implement their plans to reopen the Shore.

The governor had issued an executive order in April that gave municipalities the option to restrict access to their ocean fronts. Many closed their beaches and boardwalks or had restrictions in place.

Shore destinations will have a different feel this season as restrictions are in place that include the practice of social distancing, strong recommendations to wear face masks and no dining in at eateries. Additionally, organized games and contact sports are not permitted. Festivals, fireworks and concerts are canceled. Amusement parks, rides and arcades remain closed. Restaurants will offer takeout and delivery. Retail establishments will have curbside pickup.

The Jersey Shore is welcoming beach lovers near and far for some fun in the sun this Memorial Day weekend, with each town setting its own limit on available daily beach tags. Following is a rundown of the latest news about the state’s beaches and boardwalks as of May 19.

Atlantic City

The boardwalk and beaches are open. Visit Cityofatlanticcity.org for updates.


The beach opens for sunbathing, and lifeguards will be on duty starting May 22. The boardwalk will open also May 22. No beach tags will be required until July 3. Visit https://avalonboro.net/ for updates.

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The beach will open for swimming and sunbathing starting May 22.  Visit Brigantine Beach for updates.

Cape May

The beaches and promenade are open for walking, running, fishing and surfing.  Sunbathing is not permitted. Masks are required. Visit capemaycountynj.gov for updates.


The beach will open Memorial Day weekend for walking, jogging and exercising. Sunbathing and sitting on the beach are prohibited. Visit Margate-nj.com for updates.

North Wildwood

The beach is open. Visit Northwildwood.com for updates.

Ocean City

The beach is open for sunbathing. The boardwalk is open for walking, running and bicycling. Visit Ocnj.us for updates.

Sea Isle City

The beach and promenade are open. Visit Sea-isle-city.nj for updates.

Stone Harbor

The beaches open May 22 for passive and active recreation including sunbathing. Visit stoneharbornj.org for updates.

Ventnor City

The beaches will open for swimming and sunbathing May 23. The boardwalk will open May 29. Visit Ventnorcity.org for updates.


The beach is open for sunbathing. The boardwalk is open for walking, running and bicycling. Visit wildwoodnj.org for updates.

Wildwood Crest

The beach is open with swimming permitted starting May 23. Visit Wildwoodcrest.org for updates.

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