The Wildwood boardwalk was reopened to allow its restaurants to serve take-out and delivery just like the other eateries throughout South Jersey.

This idea does make sense. Customers are going to involuntarily remember the restaurants they ate at during the pandemic and it could make it much for difficult for the locations that have remained closed to stay afloat.

However, will this encourage out-of-towners to come to Wildwood?

“It wasn’t meant to encourage folks to come down (to Wildwood) to generate business,” said Mayor Pete Byron. “Other (food) businesses in Wildwood were allowed to be open, so we got some phone calls from boardwalk people. They said ‘In all fairness, if you’re going to allow those other businesses throughout the town to be open, then it’s only fair we should be allowed to be open as well.' Frankly, I can’t argue with that logic."

Officials are making a point to say that if the boardwalk restaurants will remain open, safety measures have to be put into affect.

For example, all customers MUST wear a mask and if they are standing on line, they must stay at least 6 feet apart. Restaurant employees must wear masks, gloves and some locations will have a protective glass that will be between restaurant workers and customers.

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Once customers pick up their food, they are encouraging people to leave the boardwalk so crowds don't have a chance to gather.

Sam's Pizza Palace is already open for business. Other restaurants that will be opening include Mack's Pizza on May 8th, Snow White Restaurant on May 1st and Douglass Candies which is also doing online orders.

I am hoping that by giving us an inch, people don't take a yard because then public officials will have no choice but to close the Wildwood Boardwalk right back up.

So yes...support our local businesses but do so wisely.

Take a look at the original article at NJ.com.

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