Memorial Day Weekend has long been a staple at the Jersey Shore for many to enjoy time with family, time with friends, great food, and the kickoff to summer. We have all grown accustomed to enjoying the holiday weekend at the beach, enjoying parties, and going out to bars, without worrying about potentially contracting COVID-19. However, in this “Coronavirus era,” it’s become abundantly clear that we won’t be able to celebrate and enjoy the weekend the way that we have long been accustomed to. Fortunately, we’re not quite as isolated as we were two months ago when COVID-19 was reaching its peak. With the curve flattening and our communities learning how to adjust and live life, while remaining socially distant, we have a few options to help you still have a very enjoyable Memorial Day weekend!
New Jersey beaches are slowly beginning to open up for the summer, allowing the locals to enjoy the beaches while still abiding by the social distancing restrictions. For Jersey Shore towns like Manasquan, Seaside Heights, and Spring Lake, there are multi-phase plans in place to keep beach-goers at a safe distance from others. At Judd Shaw Injury Law, we’ve compiled a list of some great ways to responsibly celebrate MDW with whoever you’re quarantined with, whether that’s family or friends.
Go to the Beach
Many beaches are operating under varying social distancing orders and limitations; however, in many cases, beaches are open or will be open for Memorial Day weekend. If you don’t live near the beach, it’s best to stay away in order to limit the number of people that are at the beaches. Many towns aren’t allowing those who aren’t local residents to go to beaches anyway. If you live at one of the shore towns like Asbury Park, Manasquan, or Belmar, be sure to do some research to determine what the specific guidelines are in that town and determine if the beach is an option for you this MDW.
Have a Video Party
If you’re feeling especially alone, link up with whomever you normally celebrate the weekend with and engage in a video call with them. Great conversation is an excellent way to stay sane and safe during this age of isolation.
Have a Cookout
While we all need to follow social distancing, we are still able to go outside with those we’re quarantined with. One of the many great ways to enjoy the beautiful summer weather is to have a cookout; grill up some burgers and hot dogs while having a cold drink and enjoying the company of those you love most.
Another great way to enjoy the great outdoors during this “Coronavirus era” is by taking a camping trip. Camping is a spectacular way to follow social distancing orders, stay isolated from strangers, all while getting out of the house. With many private campgrounds now allowed to operate, more and more opportunities arise that allow us all to get out of the house for a few days.
Gather Around a Fire
If you don’t live near any campgrounds or aren’t able to get away for the weekend, gather around a controlled fire in your backyard with your closest friends and family members. You can even grab a few drinks and enjoy some tasteful food, all while engaging in some good conversation with close friends and family. And by the way, don’t forget the marshmallows!
Play Pick Up Sports
If you’re isolated with enough people and have the necessary space and equipment, you can organize a pick-up game of basketball, wiffleball, football, or even a game that you made up! Nothing says summer like running around the yard with your friends and family.
From all of us at Judd Shaw Injury Law, we hope you have a great Memorial Day weekend! We hope you all are still able to enjoy the weekend as much as we have in past years. These are strange and unprecedented times that require us to be more cautious than ever, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy ourselves. However, if you do get injured while enjoying these activities, or other activities, please do not hesitate to reach out to us as soon as possible so that we can get you the compensation you deserve.