Reopening The Wildwoods
Reopening The Wildwoods
North Wildwood Mayor Patrick Rosenello and Wildwood Mayor Pete Byron announced that North Wildwood and Wildwood beaches and boardwalk will reopen to limited activity on Friday, May 8. In addition, the cities’ parks and bike paths will also reopen. Wildwood Crest beaches, parks, bike paths, and sport courts for non-group play are currently open.
Walking, running, fishing and sunbathing will be welcomed on the beaches. Physical activities such as biking, walking and running may take place on the boardwalk. Boardwalk establishments offering takeout-only food, will also be open for business. Municipal parks and playgrounds will be open; however, playground equipment will remain closed. Everyone is encouraged to use best practices for social distancing, including wearing masks while enjoying the beach and boardwalk. Sitting and gathering in groups is prohibited.
“Welcoming visitors back to our destination is key to the Wildwoods’ recovery from the recent crisis, and this is an exciting first step toward the start of a fun-filled summer season,” explained Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority (GWTIDA) Executive Director/CFO John Siciliano. “We look forward to welcoming everyone to enjoy the beaches, boardwalk, bike paths and parks of North Wildwood, Wildwood and Wildwood Crest, however, we must stress using extreme caution and practicing social distancing at all times, so that all may enjoy our destination safely.”
Visitors to the boardwalk, beaches, or at the parks, playgrounds, sport courts and bike paths must adhere to the social distancing guidelines set forth by Governor Phil Murphy. All activities are subject to the orders of the Governor which state in part: “When in public, individuals must practice social distancing and stay six feet apart whenever practicable, excluding immediate family members, caretakers, household members or romantic partners."
GWTIDA is working collectively with the island’s municipalities, the Greater Wildwood Hotel and Motel Association (GWHMA), the Wildwood Business Improvement District (WBID), the Wildwood Special Improvement District (WSID), and the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce to encourage them to implement initiatives among the destination’s businesses and attractions to enhance the safety of employees and guests as the Wildwoods gradually re-open. These include increased intensive sanitizing protocols, social distancing procedures and of course social distancing by stretching out on the wide, spacious beaches.