On Friday (beautiful 80+ degree day) I decided to take the ride up 36 South - through the Highlands into Sea Bright. As usual by he time I hit Rum Runners I was in stopped traffic as you would expect this time of year, especially if we weren’t in the midst of a pandemic / lock down.
Based on my observation(s) less than half of those seen (mostly younger people) had masks on of any kind. You could honestly not tell there was a “pandemic” going on, there was even a parking lot attendant at Rum Runners, not sure why.
This made me realize that I do believe this is going to be a record breaking Memorial Day weekend at the Jersey Shore. I think everyone is so tired of being cooped up a trip to the shore is still an affordable option for many, especially NY’ers whose beaches are not going to be open, that we are on the verge of a madhouse unlike many others we have seen.
Reduced capacity at restaurants and bars will be challenged as everyone’s tolerance for obedient compliance has probably reached it’s limits and I truly think we are going to see mayhem in the greater Jersey Shore area. (yes I will be at my beach club, probably bringing/wearing a mask for most of my time there…still figuring out my best method to drink with a mask on, suggestions are welcome)