Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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We have compiled some of the most common questions about Cape May’s reopening based on feedback from various local organizations. If you do not see what you are looking for, please send us an email at and we will try to find the answer for you and share it on this page.

Q: When can I book my vacation to Cape May?

A: Based on the current Executive Order from the city of Cape May, you are able to book a stay for a short-term house/condo rental for any dates after May 30. For hotels/motels as well as bed and breakfasts, and all other rentals, you are able to book a stay for any dates after June 1. Please contact your accommodation or real estate office directly to check on any currently booked rentals.

Q: When will the beaches and promenade in Cape May be open?

A: The beaches and promenade were open with restrictions on Saturday, May 2. Please click here to read City’s requirements for using the beach and promenade.

Q: When can I eat at my favorite restaurants, snack and candy shops?

A: Currently all food establishments are closed for indoor and outdoor dining as per an Executive Order from New Jersey Sate Governor Murphy’s office.  Many restaurants are open for takeout, curbside pickup and.or delivery.  And many are planning for outdoor seating to resume on June 15. Please click here for more information.

Q: When can I shop at the Washington Street Mall and other Cape May Businesses?

A: Currently all retail establishments are closed as per an Executive Order from New Jersey State Governor Murphy’s office.  Some stores are offering online shopping or curbside pick up.  Please click here for more information.

Q: Are the parks and playgrounds open in Cape May City? 

A: All parks and playgrounds in the City of Cape May are currently closed.  The County and State Parks are now opened with safety recommendations and protocols.  Please click here for more information.

Q: Are parking meters on in Cape May?

A: Parking meters in the City of Cape May were turned on as of 10 am on Saturday, May 16.

Q: Are beach tags required to go on the beach?

A: Beach tags are required for ages 12 and older beginning Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend.  For more information about beach tags, please click here.

Q: Are public restrooms open in Cape May?

A: At this time, all public restrooms in Cape May are open daily from 7 am to 7 pm including Beach Avenue at Wilmington, Trenton, Philadelphia, Gurney, Grant, Broadway, and Second Ave; Plus Lyle Lane and Ocean Street Restrooms.

Q: What special events are going on in Cape May?

A: Currently, all public events are on hold until further notice pending capacity mandates and safety protocols as ordered by New Jersey State Governor Murphy’s office and Cape May County Government’s Task Force.  In the meantime, click here to learn about virtual tours and events being hosted by Cape May businesses. 

Q: Will my scheduled events be able to take place this summer?

A: At this time, we do not know when Cape May or the entire state of New Jersey will officially reopen. And, when they do, we do not yet know what type of regulations will be in place for large gatherings. If you have an event scheduled at a venue in Cape May for this spring/summer, we suggest that you contact the venue directly to discuss your options.

Q: Can I ride my bike in Cape May?

A: Yes, bicycling is allowed in Cape May City.  However, bicycling is currently prohibited on the Promenade.  For additional bicycle information, including safe biking routes, please click here.

Q: Can I Swim in the Ocean?

Yes, swimming is currently allowed on the Cape May beaches. Please follow posted signs about the availability of lifeguards.

Q: Are pools allowed to be open?

Pools, with the exception of those at privately owned homes, are prohibited from being open until Monday, June 22, as per Governor Murphy’s Executive Order. This applies to hotels, motels, condos, and any other pools shared by multiple units.

Q: Will the number of beach tags be restricted?

The amount of daily tags distributed to each beach tag employee for sale will be reduced by 30%. Beach Patrol administration will monitor the beach occupancy and close entrances as needed when a beach reaches capacity. 

Q: When will the Cape May County Zoo reopen?

The Cape May County Zoo reopened on Saturday, June 13, at 10 am. Please adhere to social distancing guidelines while at the zoo. Click here to learn more and plan your visit.

Q: Will Cape May have fireworks on the Fourth of July?

Unfortunately, the fireworks and parade have been canceled this year. However, the city of Cape May is planning some exciting events during the holiday weekend. More details will be announced soon!