SEASIDE HEIGHTS, NJ – The Casino Pier and Breakwater Beach staff say they are ready to open their doors for the 2020 season, but they’re still being held back by Governor Phil Murphy and now they’re asking their guests for help.
“Right now the Governor of New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy is not allowing amusements, like us, to reopen,” Casino Pier said on Saturday. “We are prepared to re-open safely and properly and have the ability to do so. Right now there is no timetable for reopening set by the Governor’s office which makes it much harder to perform pre-opening preparations. We are asking for help to persuade Governor Murphy to give us a timetable to when we can reopen.”
You can express your concerns with the Governor on Facebook, Twitter or on the state’s official website.
When it comes time to open, the company will be adhering to guidelines set forth in the “New Jersey Safe Play Reopening Guidelines” set by the New Jersey Attractions Association.
“We need all our loyal guests to help persuade Governor Murphy to let us open our attractions,” Casino Pier said.
The “Safe Play” guideline was developed by members of the New Jersey Attractions focused on medical science and operational know-how rather than general perceptions along with operators around the world and in consultation with an epidemiologist.
“We must move forward and include adaptive and innovative strategies to live, work, protocols to create and maintain a safe environment for all. our historic focus on safety positions us well to deal with and execute challenge with regard to both guest and employee safety, we believe our businesses are built,” the association said. “While COVID-19 presents an unprecedented and will continue be our #1 priority.”
Some of the guidelines set include reducing capacity to allow for appropriate social distancing, catering to families and limiting exposure by not encouraging people to linger in the same area for prolonged periods. Employees who are in contact with customers will use face masks and be behind plexiglass barriers. Guests and workers are encouraged to frequently wash hands and sanitize.
The association advises that families with members not feeling well sit it out for a bit and don’t come to the park. They also caution those with underlying medical conditions and over the age of 65 to play it safe while in the park.