ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – The famous Atlantic City Steel Pier is reopening to the public on July 2nd after being shut down for the season due to the COVID-19 coronavirus. Park operators made an announcement this week shortly after being given the approval by Governor Phil Murphy.
“We are excited to announce Steel Pier will be opening Thursday, July 2nd at 2pm,” the company said. “We can’t wait to welcome our guests back! We will be implementing CDC and state guidelines.”
Located on the world-famous boardwalk in Atlantic City, just steps from casino resorts and New Jersey’s beautiful miles of beach, the Steel Pier is shore to excite you. Whether you are skyrocketing to the stars over the ocean or gathering for an event with the best view in town, the Steel Pier offers some kind of fun for everyone! Whatever you choose, brace yourself for great action! The history of the Steel Pier has changed like the tides in the ocean below it since it was founded in 1898 according to the pier’s website.
This week, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy hailed the return and reopening of amusement parks across New Jersey. For weeks, the amusement park industry has been looking for answers as reopening seemed to be getting pushed off by the governor, even as the traditional Memorial Day Weekend kick off passed.
According to the state, outdoor amusement parks and water parks will be able to reopen next Thursday, July 2.
The directive from the Governor includes rides on boardwalks and in amusement parks. Murphy said ride operates will need to follow specific guidance from the state to better protect their customers and employees. Those guidelines are currently being finalized and will be forthcoming.
The Governor anticipated that park attendance will be kept at first to 50% of listed capacity, and that face coverings will be required of all staff and of attendees, where they are practicable. Strict hygiene protocols should also be fully anticipated.
Rides will need to be configured to ensure six feet distance between groups and must be frequently sanitized. Distance markers must be placed at the line so those waiting for rides are six feet apart.
“None of that should surprise anybody, right?” Murphy asked. “Capacity constraints, face coverings, heightened hygiene, social distancing, those are now, you should expect, folks, those are part of the norm going forward.”
Murphy said the opening was to allow for families to have a safe and healthy fourth of July weekend.
“But with next week’s July 4 holiday weekend rapidly approaching and with families rightfully looking for ways to enjoy their time off together,” Murphy said. “We wanted to make it known that yes, the rides will be in operation. But moreover, we want everyone to enjoy their time together responsibly.”