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Fishing charters, watercraft rentals to resume at NJ shore

TRENTON, New Jersey (AP) —Fishing charters and other chartered boat services and watercraft rentals were cleared to resume at the New Jersey shore beginning May 17 amid easing of coronavirus restrictions.

Gov. Phil Murphy said May 16 that specific social distancing and sanitation measures will be required, including phone and online payments to lessen person-to-person contact. All passenger and customer logs must be maintained for the purpose of contact training should that be required, Murphy said.

“Even with social distancing, we are confident that everyone can have a safe and memorable summer,” the governor said.

Murphy said easing of some restrictions would be allowed by an improving health situation, especially in hospitals, where the impact of COVID19 could best be tracked.

“Across the board, every metric we have followed is showing us that we can move forward,” he said, citing improvement in new hospitalizations, the number of patients in hospitals, patients in intensive care units and those on ventilators.

The governor also announced another 115 deaths, bringing the statewide total to 10,249 associated with the coronavirus. The number of confirmed cases in the state now topped 145,000, officials said.

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