TL;DR: After a weekend of many Jersey Shore beachgoers not wearing masks in crowds, city Health Commissioner Thomas Farley pleaded with Philadelphians to skip any plans to go down the Shore for Memorial Day weekend. “You might have gone to the beach every Memorial Day weekend for years. But this is not the time to do that,” Farley said. In South Jersey today, supporters cheered as Atilis Gym in Bellmawr reopened despite the state shutdown order, and the town’s police largely watched from a distance.
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After a weekend of many Jersey Shore beachgoers not wearing masks in crowds, city Health Commissioner Thomas Farley pleaded with Philadelphians to skip any plans they had to go down the Shore for Memorial Day weekend. “Don’t go to the beach,” Farley said. “You might have gone to the beach every Memorial Day weekend for years. But this is not the time to do that.” Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf also questioned why governors of some neighboring states reopened their beaches as the coronavirus continues to spread in the region. “I’m not sure why the governors of Maryland and New Jersey have opened their beaches,” the governor said, “but they have.” He repeated how he will not be going to the beach anytime soon.
Supporters cheered as Atilis Gym in Bellmawr, Camden County, reopened despite the state’s business shutdown order, and the town’s police largely watched from a distance. Police issued the owners a citation for disorderly conduct, but did not disperse the crowd, telling those gathered: “Formally, you’re all in violation of the executive order. On that note, have a good day.” Watch a video of the rally here.
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