Matt Petrillo reports.
UKEE WASHINGTON: Well, we are just one week away from the unofficial start of summer.
JESSICA KARTALIJA: Memorial Day weekend is almost here, and businesses are hoping for a strong summer season.
UKEE WASHINGTON: Matt Petrillo is in Atlantic City this evening where it looks like plenty of people are getting an early start to the season. Matt.
MATT PETRILLO: Yeah, that's right. So many crowds are here for an early start to the long weekend next weekend. Down the shore behind me on the Atlantic City boardwalk, there are so many people out and about just soaking up that warm summer sun right now. Now, some businesses tell us they're still having a little difficulty hiring, but we're told they're ready for those big crowds.
- This is a tradition.
MATT PETRILLO: As the weather warms up, droves of people are eagerly heading down the shore.
- It's warm weather, beautiful beaches, lots of sunshine.
MATT PETRILLO: Memorial Day weekend, which is the unofficial start of summer, is still a week away, but we found plenty of people on the beach Friday, including these friends soaking up the sun here in Margate.
- It's beautiful. Nice strong sun.
MATT PETRILLO: Is there anything better than having your toes in the sand?
- No. This is it. It could be a little warmer, but it's great.
MATT PETRILLO: Nearby, these kids were busy digging in the sand. The relaxed COVID restrictions means businesses are back open. And many families are ready to make memories this summer after a difficult 2020, including the Oliver family who planned this trip to Margate.
NANCY OLIVER: I'm very excited. I'm fully vaccinated, so I feel like, you know, as long as people continue to get vaccinated, you know, all the doors should be open pretty soon, hopefully.
MATT PETRILLO: Businesses are hoping, too, but continue to struggle with the worker shortage.
JOHN CONNOR: Finding cooks and other skilled positions is very difficult right now.
MATT PETRILLO: Still, the general manager of the Water Dog Smokehouse here in Ventnor is preparing for big crowds ahead of the long holiday weekend that's now just seven days away.
JOHN CONNOR: We are making sure that we have every available staff member ready to work. But also, we have live entertainment on the Thursday and Friday night of Memorial Day weekend.
MATT PETRILLO: And here in Atlantic City, some stores and restaurants tell us they are also still hiring just days before Memorial Day weekend now. Still, they tell us they are ready for those big crowds that are set to get here. And it looks like they are already here right now. Reporting live in Atlantic City, Matt Petrillo. CBS 3 Eyewitness News.
JESSICA KARTALIJA: All right, Matt. Thank you.