NJ to distribute COVID snapshots in Jersey Shore over Memorial Day weekend – NBC New York
Beachgoers at three popular Jersey Shore locations will be able to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus over Memorial Day weekend.
Gov. Phil Murphy announced the “Shots At The Shore” campaign on Friday which will provide free immunizations Saturday and Sunday in Sandy Hook, Long Branch and Asbury Park.
The announcement came the day New Jersey gave up its indoor mask tenure, which Murphy called “one of the biggest steps we can take to move our recovery forward.”
“We will allow beach goers to enjoy the sun and at the same time have their first chance,” said the Democratic governor.
(The weather forecast for the Jersey Shore predicted an 80% chance of rain on both days on Friday afternoon.)
Pop-up vaccination sites will operate from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both days.
At Sandy Hook, it will take place in a tent behind the wheel of Parking E. In Asbury Park, it will take place inside the Grand Arcade, and in Long Branch, it will take place at the Pier Village Lookout.
The three vaccines approved for use in the United States will be available at each site, the governor said. Murphy said more than 4 million New Jerseyens were fully vaccinated against the virus.
The big COVID restrictions were dropped in New Jersey on Friday, joining those in nearby New York and Connecticut. Sarah Wallace reports from NBC New York.
New Jersey’s indoor mask requirement ended on Friday morning. Of the early arrivals for an afternoon of horse racing at Freehold Raceway, around 20% wore masks.
Bill Varley, of the Forked River section of Lacey Township, was not wearing a mask after getting his two pictures in February.
“I really have no apprehension about not wearing a mask,” he said as he and a few friends scoured the odds for the first race ahead. “People who are not vaccinated may want to wear a mask for their own protection, but that is up to them.”
The nine Atlantic City casinos also celebrated the end of the mask’s tenure. Starting Friday, all slot machines and table games will be available for use; many casinos have turned off every other machine to create distance between slot machine players since the casinos reopened last July.
Ahead of the holiday weekend, New Jersey is raising the indoor mask mandate and the requirement to maintain 6 feet in all indoor and outdoor businesses such as restaurants, retail stores, gyms and casinos. NBC New York’s Tracie Strahan reports.
Polycarbonate dividers between slot machine and table game players were coming down on Friday and indoor distance requirements were also ended.
“Today marks a historic moment in Atlantic City’s recovery from this unprecedented pandemic,” said Terry Glebocki, president of the Casino Association of New Jersey. “Atlantic City casinos are operating at 100% occupancy, all table games and slots are open, food and drink restrictions are lifted, and fully vaccinated customers no longer required to wear masks .
“Atlantic City will once again be able to offer its customers the exciting first-class experience that they were used to before the pandemic, and we are delighted to provide them,” she said. “We have been preparing for this day for over a year and are proud to say that Atlantic City is back and open for business.”