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People ready to hit the beach as Memorial Day weekend approaches

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Governor Phil Murphy will announce Monday that the state will align with CDC recommendations by next Friday, just in time for the Memorial Day weekend, according to sources.

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RICK WILLIAMS: Masks are coming off around the Delaware Valley as more states ease restrictions ahead of the summer season. Friday afternoon, Brian and Sarah are both off. I'm Rick Williams.

SHARRIE WILLIAMS: And I'm Sharrie Williams. The big story on Action News is the indoor mask mandate in New Jersey. Sources say it's expected to be lifted in time for Memorial Day weekend.

RICK WILLIAMS: Of course, it's welcome news down at the shore where businesses are excited to welcome back customers. Action News reporter Trish Hartman is live in Margate with that story this afternoon. Hi, Trish.

TRISH HARTMAN: Hi Rick and Sharrie. Governor Phil Murphy is expected to announce on Monday that New Jersey will drop its indoor mask requirement for fully vaccinated people, according to sources familiar with these plans. People are getting excited to come down the shore, but officials say with all the crowds expected this weekend, they really want people to be careful.

With weather like this--

ERICA DOYLE: It's gorgeous out. It's not too hot, it's not too cold. It's beautiful.

TRISH HARTMAN: Locals are bracing themselves for the weekend crowds.

MICHAEL SANNINO: People that live here year round, we call ourselves Clam Diggers. We don't come on the weekends. We come when it's not crowded.

- Ice cold water, ice.

TRISH HARTMAN: And businesses say, bring it on.

JOSHUA CAMPER: We're going to have a busy weekend, but we'll have a full staff with some of our best people here.

TRISH HARTMAN: With temperatures expected to climb this weekend, there's a good chance people will be tempted to take a dip in the ocean.

- It's freezing.

TRISH HARTMAN: Freezing? Are you going to go back in are you done now?

- Probably in like an hour.

TRISH HARTMAN: But with Memorial Day weekend still a week out, lifeguards are not yet on duty in many towns. Beach Patrol officials warn it's not a good idea to swim when they're not on duty.

CHUCK LABARRE: Here we have a tropical system northeast of Bermuda that's going to send the whole East Coast high surf and rip currents.

TRISH HARTMAN: Another concern officials have is keeping people away from structures on the beach. Things like drainage pipes, jetties, and piers may seem fun to climb on, but lifeguards say, they are extremely dangerous to even swim near.

CHUCK LABARRE: There's a lot of underlying issues that happen with the topography of the sand, the ocean currents, and the wave action around it. And you're just-- you're just asking for more problems.

TRISH HARTMAN: 11-year-old Vivian likes to swim when it's a little warmer. Her dad says even when the lifeguards are on, they're keeping a close eye.

EVAN KRAMP: You always have to be watching, right? And then a lot of the times one of us will just be in there with them, just making sure that they're all right.

TRISH HARTMAN: Beaches will be guarded here a starting Memorial Day weekend. In the meantime, if you see anyone in distress in the ocean, call 911 immediately. Reporting live in Margate, New Jersey, Trish Hartman, Channel 6 Action News. Sharrie?

SHARRIE WILLIAMS: All right, Trish, thank you.