NORTH WILDWOOD, NJ – North Wildwood Mayor Patrick Rosenello has announced the Wildwoods are back in business this weekend, sort of. After the first week of parks being open, Rosenello said he and officials in neighboring Wildwood are confident now is a good time to get the ball rolling.
“Let me thank all of our residents, second home owners and visitors who were in town this weekend. Obviously, this was the busiest weekend since the entire Covid-19 event began. I am happy to report that, other then a few isolated incidents, all of us practiced good social distancing,” Rosenello said. “It is now time for us to begin thinking about how to move forward and allow residents, second home owners and businesses to begin trying to return to some form of normalcy. To that end, North Wildwood and Wildwood have laid out the following time frames.”
On Friday, May 8, 2020 the Boardwalk will reopen for walking, running, biking, etc. In addition, our beaches, parks and playgrounds will also reopen.
However, it is important to note that New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy still has guidelines in place for activities in public places. These guidelines stipulate that persons are permitted in public places under the following conditions:
“Walking, running, operating a wheelchair, or engaging in outdoor activities with immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners while following best social distancing practices with other individuals, including staying six feet apart. 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.”
North Wildwood and Wildwood are also announcing that short-term or transient rentals may resume effective Tuesday, May 26, 2020.
The decisions regarding the reopening of retail and food service businesses rest with the Governor. However, North Wildwood and Wildwood have been proactive in our efforts to assist our retail and restaurant businesses as they navigate these unchartered waters.
To that end, this summer you may see your favorite restaurant with dining tables outside of their establishment. These tables may be on private property, or they may be on public property. We are working hard to make sure that our friends in the retail and restaurant business survive this unique situation and I ask that everyone help these small businesses by patronizing them whenever you can.
“Lastly, I didn’t start this facebook page because of COVID-19. However, it seems like most of my posts have been about this situation. In the coming days I plan to talk about other projects happening in North Wildwood, such as our beach replenishment, exciting capital projects and the resolution of 10+ years of lawsuits pertaining to Marina Bay Towers,” the Mayor added. “Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to reach out and ask questions, make suggestions, and yes, even offer your critique of the multitude of decisions I have to make every day as Mayor of North Wildwood. I appreciate the deep connection that so many people have to our ‘Salty Piece of Land.’”