In Wildwood, Morey’s Piers plans to keep one waterpark closed for 2020

The water park joins an undisclosed pier as the second amusement facility that Morey's Piers will keep closed for 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Ocean Oasis Water Park and Beach Club in Wildwood, New Jersey.

Ocean Oasis Water Park and Beach Club in Wildwood, New Jersey. (Morey's Piers)

Morey’s Piers in Wildwood is likely to keep the Ocean Oasis Water Park and Beach Club closed due to ongoing coronavirus restrictions, according to an email sent to cabana reservation holders.

It’s the second amusement facility that Morey’s Piers will keep closed for 2020, joining one of the company’s three piers, WABC reported. The pier remains undisclosed.

The email sent to the cabana customers, obtained by the hyperlocal site Wildwood Video Archive, said that their reservations would be refunded.

“At this time, due to various Covid-19 related complications, we are planning for Ocean Oasis Water Park + Beach Club to remain closed for the 2020 season. We fully intend to open Raging Waters Water Park on Mariner’s Landing once we have guidance from Governmental authorities to do so,” the email said.

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The last operational information posted on Morey’s Piers website was on May 14, stating that the ongoing executive orders prohibit the reopening of rides and water parks for Memorial Day weekend.

“Like you, all of us at Morey’s Piers are disappointed and just as ready to get back to a ‘near normal’ as well. We await the governor’s guidance, and once received, we will be able to formulate and announce a revised opening plan,” the posting said.

Gov. Phil Murphy has not directly said, or even signaled, when amusement parks can reopen.

In late April, Maria Saltzman, a spokesperson for the Casino Pier & Breakwater Beach in Ocean County’s Seaside Heights, offered WHYY a glimpse into how boardwalk amusement parks might operate upon reopening.

Casino Pier & Breakwater Beach is planning the following safety measures, according to Saltzman:

  • Social distancing, which may include limiting the number of people in an arcade at one time, in the water park at one time, and on the pier at one time.
  • Signage to remind people to socially distance themselves and keep six feet between themselves and another group.
  • Keeping distance on rides. Instead of every seat on a ride filled, maybe filling every other seat, etc.
  • Gloves and masks will be worn by employees.
  • Sanitation stations at attractions for both guests and employees.
  • Sanitizing arcade games, rides, and other amusements. “We’re probably going to wash down every ride and attraction after each use,” she told WNBC.
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