Time: June 10, 2020
Address: Jersey Shore

Jun 10, 2020

The Jersey Shore Amid Covid-19
What To Expect

Categories: Featured, Jersey Shore

Yesterday was a beautiful day in Southern New Jersey and for me the Jersey Shore was my destination. With the state slowly lifting restrictions it was time for me to check out what will soon be packed Jersey Beaches. Will there be safety measures in place moving into the summer?

And how will the tourist respond?

A Monday in early June, smaller crowds and a good way to gage the proprietors and tourists amid the pandemic. My first stop was the beach in North Wildwood, 15th street. (Note: in need of sand replenishing, much smaller than normal). The people on the beach for the most part were set up more than 6 feet apart. I moved a few times though as some were not respecting the new "NO SMOKING ON THE BEACH LAW". Children and Young Adults seemed to struggle with the spacing when moving around, oblivious to their surroundings. All in all most complied and respected others space.

Moving to the boardwalk for lunch. Much is still closed during the week. Masks were not on most of those walking the boardwalk. The same age groups struggling with distancing, despite the loud speaker announcements every so often suggesting distancing. I walked about half the boardwalk passing many restaurants, masks visible but not properly worn. On chin, or nose exposed the ways being worn. This while cooking and serving. Chain locations, Kohr Brothers, Chickie & Pete's two examples of better training as all the staff were properly wearing at both locations. Many of the businesses also ill prepared or disinterested in handling patrons congregating around restaurant while eating their purchases. I settled on a pizza and sandwich establishment, masks visible but as with all the other Mom & Pops not properly wearing their PPE. The pizza was very good and hopefully the heat of the oven did the job.

Much as been made of the struggles of the Mom and Pops during the shutdown. I have decided on not passing on those who failed the PPE requirements as I don't desire to hurt their business. But buyer be aware! PPE if it remains a requirement not all are properly following, knowingly or unknowing now. As for the masses that will visit the Jersey Shore and Boardwalks, my small cross section for the day had about 90% on the boardwalk patrons not wearing masks. BUSINESS OWNERS, For a better business I believe compliance to new safety practices is imperative by small restaurant and food business (especially) if they want to survive. Be SAFE New Jersey and enjoy those Wildwood Days.

Lady Afrique Braiding

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