Cape May Window Shopping Curbside Delivery

Cape May Window Shopping Curbside Delivery

Cape May Window Shopping Weekend will take place Memorial Day Weekend Friday, May 22-Monday, May 25 from 11 AM-4 PM.

When so many businesses expressed enthusiasm about the project to stimulate the local economy, it was extended to all of Cape May City and West Cape May.

Described as a way to unify all in the business community and have customers support small businesses in a socially responsible manner.

The Chamber of Commerce is supplying all businesses with Cape May Strong stickers for doors.

How it works:

Each business participating will be offering curbside pickup for items featured in their store windows. See individual signs on business doors for instructions as to how to shop their sales as well as their business hours. Each business varies.

Businesses expecting long lines for Cape May window shopping will place social distancing markers outside their stores.

New Jersey Governor Murphy relaxed the ban on retail shopping. The Order permits non-essential retail businesses to allow curbside pickup of goods, beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, May 18, but businesses must continue to have their in-store operations closed to customers.

Each individual business will be responsible for their own sales. Individual signs can be placed on store doors for instructions as to how to shop your sales alongside your business hours.

Customer transactions should be handled in advance by phone, email, facsimile, or other means that avoid person-to-person contact.

Businesses offering takeout have been operating on the Washington Street Mall and other areas of the City. The Ugly Mug, Coffee Tyme has served customers practicing social distancing and offering curbside delivery.

Some local residents have objected to Governor Murphy’s pace in reopening New Jersey during the pandemic.

Holiday Weekend Approaches

As Memorial Day Weekend approaches, Cape May officials announced beaches will be open for sunbathing and sitting starting Friday, May 22nd. However, due to seasonal staffing levels of lifeguards, swimming would be prohibited. Walking, jogging, and running are permitted on the beach.

Surfing is permitted at Poverty Beach (Wilmington Avenue), The Cove, Surfing Beach (Gurney Street),  and South Queen (Queen Street).

Beach Tags normally starting when lifeguards go on duty Memorial Day weekend will begin at a later date. The snack bar and the public bathrooms on Broadway both appear to be ready for the usual big weekend.

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  1. David Greene
    May 19, 2020 / 2:14 pm

    Thank you very much for this essential reporting, John.

    Here’s hoping that this can be done safely.


  2. Max Collins
    May 19, 2020 / 2:14 pm

    We will be watching the webcams and any possible news coverage to see how people behave. We have a “high stakes” reservation decision to make soon and public behavior will be a big part of that.
    Be good and do the right thing Cape May lovers!

  3. May 19, 2020 / 5:39 pm

    Social distancing will be difficult, perhaps impossible, in places, inside and out, that get packed “in season” and/or have lines under normal circumstances. Add in hot, humid days and it’s not going to be pretty. Hoping it all works out.

  4. Hugh murray
    May 19, 2020 / 6:22 pm

    Good blog John. Hope the window shopping is successful.

  5. Gail Maynard
    May 20, 2020 / 8:17 am

    So for people that have purchased seasonal beach tags, is there a credit they receive ?

    • Max Collins
      May 20, 2020 / 11:38 am

      Funny. My wife and I were just saying, yesterday, how “choking” and not buying seasonal tags this winter ended up being a “good thing”.
      It will be interesting to see how the powers that be handle this situation.