N.J. Gov. Murphy: Beaches could be reopened by Memorial Day

Beachgoers at Island Beach State Park in New Jersey, Saturday, May 2, 2020, separate themselves on the sand on the day New Jersey’s state parks reopened after a closure brought on by the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

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UPDATED 5:35 PM PT — Friday, May 8, 2020

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has said he would be “shocked” if the state’s beaches aren’t reopened by Memorial Day. On Friday, he noted state parks and golf courses were reopened last weekend, adding non-essential services are also under consideration.

According to the governor, the state is working on a six step “road to recovery,” which included keeping numbers trending in a downward direction, testing and economic recovery.

He credited the state’s residents for keeping within guidelines for New Jersey’s current state of recovery.

“Folks have been complying overwhelmingly. If there’s one message I want to give to folks: thank you. We’re better than any other state, and keep at it.” – Phil Murphy, Governor of New Jersey

People sit on the grass at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J., Saturday, May 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

The governor’s comments came just days after he stressed more progress needed to be made before the state lifts restrictions.

New Jersey has recorded around 8,800 coronavirus related deaths.

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