People gather for fireworks in Long Beach Island, NJ on Sunday, September 6, 2020. Gov. Phil Murphy announced the next phased in openings in time for Labor Day Weekend effective September 4. The next phase includes indoor dining, gyms, movie theaters and indoor performance venues, all at 25% capacity.

Shore Points: New Jersey’s Strange Summer 2020

Words and Photos: Gabby Jones

Growing up in New Jersey guarantees a person will be a certain way.

Firstly, sarcasm will be unmatched. Secondly, ‘Pork Roll’ will always be ‘Taylor Ham’ (strictly North Jersey), and finally, every summer will be spent ‘down’ the shore. Bumper to bumper traffic on the Garden State Parkway South toward ‘Shore Points’ is a telltale sign that summer has arrived, and this year’s summer was going to be very different indeed.

Shore Points documents New Jersey during Memorial Day Weekend, 4th of July Weekend, and Labor Day Weekend as Governor Phil Murphy slowly reopened the state. Some of the biggest steps forward occurred right before the national holidays, beginning in May with the reopening of public beaches through July, and the reopening of amusement parks, casinos and more. Masks are required in all public spaces throughout the state, however, many opted to forgo the facial covering. By Labor Day Weekend the next phase included reopening indoor dining, gyms, movie theatres and indoor performance venues, all at 25% capacity. Shore Points depicts the dystopian reality and summer of disarray at the Jersey Shore 2020.

Vacationers wait in line for a ride at Morey’s Piers in Wildwood, NJ on July 4, 2020.

Vacationers on the boardwalk in Wildwood, NJ on July 4, 2020.

An employee sanitizes rides at Playland’s Castaway Cove in Ocean City, NJ on Thursday, July 2, 2020.

Locals gather at “Party Island” a boating sandbar in Ship Bottom, Long Beach Island, New Jersey on Saturday, September 5, 2020. Labor Day Weekend is celebrated for the last Party Island event of the season.

Vacationers on the beach in Long Beach Island, NJ on Monday, September 7, 2020.

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