Sea Bright is getting ready for summer and getting back to business as usual as best he can
By Emma Uk – As Memorial Day weekend approaches, Sea Bright board members prepare for another busy summer as Gov. Phil Murphy eases restrictions on businesses in a bid to start reopening the State.
While that doesn’t mean restaurants, retailers and places of worship will return to their pre-pandemic state – masks are still needed unless eating or drinking, and social distancing of at least six feet is always mandatory – as a percentage inside and outside. capacity limits have been lifted.
Although the pandemic shut down a third of small businesses in New Jersey in December last year, restaurants and beaches in the coastal towns of Sea Bright, Long Branch, Asbury Park and Belmar have still managed to attract visitors from across the country. near and far. And this year, it doesn’t look any different.
After Council members approved a resolution to employ nearly two dozen lifeguards and badge checkers, Mayor Brian Kelly assured residents that as Memorial Day weekend approaches, almost every Sea Bright departments are preparing to start the summer as safely as possible. Jersey reopens.
“Restaurants are doing their best to open safely,” Kelly said. “We’re going to be – I’m talking to the chef [of police] all the time – but we’re going to make sure we do our best to keep the sidewalks open once the restaurants reopen, and all eating out, because we know it will be crowded.
As of May 19, there is no capacity limit for outdoor gatherings and no percentage-based capacity limit for indoor restaurants and bars. However, both scenarios are still subject to social distancing rules, meaning any limit will depend on whether individuals or groups can stay six feet apart. Since social distancing is still mandatory, small restaurants are unlikely to reach full capacity, although restaurants and bars are allowed to use barriers when they cannot set tables or sit outside. six feet apart.
“No matter what we do, it’s going to get pretty hectic in town,” Kelly said. “So we’ll do our best to monitor this and resolve any issues.”
With the official opening of the beach season, Library, Recreation and Public Relations Committee Chair John Lamia also mentioned the sponsorship of access to public beaches and the need to maintain dune fences. on the beaches of Sea Bright. Lamia says he plans to contact former donors and residents who have expressed interest in increasing the public relations budget, which can help fund public access to the beach and upkeep of the fence. dunes – an important protection against coastal erosion.
“The residents have asked me if they could do a little maintenance, but we know we have to watch what we’re doing,” Lamia said. “So we’ll see. We’ll see if we can fund some of these things.