Officials to Pa. residents: Not yet safe to spend Memorial Day weekend at the Shore

Mike Dougherty
May 22, 2020 - 9:54 am

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio)The Jersey Shore is open for Memorial Day weekend, and officials in Pennsylvania say a road trip to the coast isn't their recommended treatment for cabin fever.

Philadelphia and the surrounding counties are still in the “red” phase of Gov. Tom Wolf’s gradual reopening plan. Because of that, Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine says they are asking people to postpone plans to visit the Shore.

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“If the weather is nice, going outside in your immediate area is fine. If you’re going to be with other people, please wear a mask and practice social distancing. But we’re recommending that people not take long trips, including trips — as the governor has talked about — to the Jersey Shore.”

Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Tom Farley says he understands people have traditions of going to the Shore with their families.

“You may have gone to the beach every Memorial Day weekend for years, but this is not the time to do that. Let’s wait for the case counts to be lower for it to be safe,” he said.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy does expect big crowds, and he urges everyone to wear a mask.

“It is an important — vitally important — additional measure of protection for you all and others against the spread of COVID-19,” Murphy said.

Meanwhile, mayors of some beach towns say they aren’t sure what to expect for crowds, because many restaurants and other places people like to hang out are either closed, or open with a lot of restrictions.