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The salty sea breeze blows through the air; excited screams echo as the roller coaster drops; the warm, sugary scent of funnel cake lingers on the boardwalk. Summer is here at the shore, but with a few modifications to follow CDC guidelines. Photographer Gabby Jones set out to the Jersey Shore during the Fourth of July weekend, finding some large differences between towns as the state’s reopening was in full swing.
Since July 2, outdoor amusement parks, outdoor waterparks, playgrounds, and libraries have been allowed to reopen. But with big crowds flocking to the shore to the enjoy the holiday weekend, some towns did better than others to enforce social distancing rules, Jones tells Fortune.
“Towns which were an hour driving distance from each other felt like polar opposites,” Jones, a New Jersey native, says.
Many beach towns along the coast are figuring out what the new normal will be when customers return. While Ocean City officials handed out goody bags to families wearing masks, Jones described the vast majority of visitors at Wildwood not wearing …