Businesses down the shore hoping for a good fall season

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Saturday, September 5, 2020
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Many business owners in Ocean City, New Jersey say they are hopeful the fall season will be better than the summer season.

OCEAN CITY, New Jersey (WPVI) -- In any normal year, Labor Day Weekend would mark the last gasp of summer's carefree vibe before work and school resumes.

While that may not quite be the case for many this year, it's still a welcome chance to relax and reflect.

Many business owners in Ocean City, New Jersey say they are hopeful the fall season will be better than the summer season, as many people will still be working and studying virtually.

"September's a beautiful month, it's the best time," said Tracey Rooney, the owner of Del's Oceanside Grill.

Though it's Labor Day Weekend, many business owners on Ocean City's boardwalk are already looking ahead to the fall, anticipating it could be a better season than the summer.

"A lot of stores do put things on sale so great shopping, but now that indoor dining's open we can add that to the list for local summer 2020," said Jody Levchuk, the director of operations for Jilly's stores.

Indoor dining just started Friday in New Jersey at 25 percent capacity, and many customers have been elated to be out of the hot sun.

"It is awesome we have been waiting all summer for this," said Sean O'Kane, from Media.

Restaurant owners are hoping this should especially boost business for boardwalk restaurants which have been limited to takeout only. "I think we could potentially have a great season with schools going virtual, and people sticking around," said Rooney.

As long as the weather continues to stay nice, business owners hope to see customers and tourists through September and October.

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And while signs of the pandemic are still evident, from the constant reminders on the boardwalk to masked masses, Some families are taking comfort in the activity, that as a few weeks ago seemed unlikely.

"We drove eight hours yesterday to get here, so we're really thrilled we get to come inside," said Nancy Milner from Ohio.

The Milner's making their pilgrimage from Ohio for slices of legendary Manco & Manco pizza, now able to seat some customers inside.

"You won't believe how excited we are to be here, you have to enjoy it," Milner said.

A lot of eyes on the shore this weekend, the governor clear that any businesses not playing by the rules will be made an example of.