Teams of 'social distancing ambassadors' to patrol NJ boardwalks

Kimberly Dole
May 13, 2020 - 12:48 pm
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    OCEAN CITY, N.J. (1010 WINS) --  Teams of "social distancing ambassadors” will be out patrolling popular New Jersey boardwalks this summer making sure beachgoers adhere to guidelines.

    Health officials will station the ambassadors across beaches such as Wildwood, Ocean City and Cape May will as of May 15.

    Cape May has adopted the “Six Feet Saves” campaign to educate the public on coronavirus precaution and ambassadors will hand out educational material to beachgoers as well.

    "Cape May County Department of Health wants to remind residents and visitors to continue taking action to slow the spread of COVID-19. By protecting yourself and others you can help save lives," Kevin Thomas, the Cape May County health officer, said in a statement.

    New Jersey officials have struggled with finding a way to combat the large crowds that gather at public spaces such as beaches.

    "As public places begin to reopen it is important to continue to take proper precautions, such as wearing a mask, washing hands frequently, and social distancing," Thomas adds.

    The ambassadors, who will be wearing vests, will include health department staff and volunteers of its Medical Reserve Corps (MRC).

    Previously Gov. Phil Murphy said at least some coronavirus regulations will be needed for the shore but he fully expects all Jersey beaches to be reopened by Memorial Day, May 27 

    “I will be shocked if our beaches are not open, but with very specific guidance, just as we opened county and state parks,” Murphy said during an interview with NJTV. “You should expect we’ll give guidance on beaches before Memorial Day.”