As Jersey Shore reopens, volunteers help remind visitors of social distancing rules

CAPE MAY COUNTY, N.J. (KYW Newsradio)  As tourists return to the Jersey Shore, they’ll have to learn to live with the new rules of the road given the viral pandemic. One county will offer them a little help in complying.

Seventeen volunteers will be working their way up the Cape May County shoreline starting this weekend in Cape May and the Wildwoods north to Ocean City. 

They’re not enforcers, but rather social distancing ambassadors spreading the word on the proper etiquette on the beach and boardwalk.

“We are going to go out into the community into public places like the boardwalk or walking areas and just promote in a positive way social distancing and wearing a mask when you can’t keep that six foot barrier in between individuals,” said Liberty Kocis, who heads up the Medical Reserve Corps within the county health department.

Some will staff a table with printed information while others will approach people who might need a little reminder. 

Kocis and a colleague are being paid, while the volunteers aren’t as part of the Corps, which is trained to assist when the situation calls for it.

“As people see us out in the community, maybe more people would want to be involved or even just learn about the Medical Reserve Corps in general,” she added, “because this is just one of the many activities we would do.”

They expect to keep the “Six Feet Saves” campaign up through the summer. 

County residents who want to inquire about volunteering in the Corps can call the health department.