More dates have been announced following the success of the Social Distancing Ambassador program by the Cape May County Health Department. The program has garnered national media attention and has been well received from locals and visitors. The new run of dates takes the program into July. The Social Distancing Ambassadors includes two representatives from the Cape May County Health Department and volunteers from the Reserve Medical Corp of Cape May County who visit the different shore towns.
The representatives focus on positive reinforcement for people that are properly socially distancing or wearing masks. Information bags are available for those that are interested, and masks are given out to those that want one. All the necessary sanitation and hand hygiene take place during the time the Ambassadors are out in the various towns. There is no enforcement element involved with this initiative.
“When Director Thornton and I spoke about this idea, we never thought it would be this well received and garner as much media attention as it has,” said Freeholder Jeff Pierson, liaison to the Health Department. “It was just about connecting with our guests in a positive way to ensure people followed proper safety guidelines. But our staff has once again knocked it out of the park. They deserve a lot of credit for the great work they have done.”
Below is the schedule of the dates, municipalities, and times the Social Distancing Ambassadors will be out throughout Cape May County:
June 13 – Greater Wildwoods – 10 A.M. until Noon
June 19 – Sea Isle City – 10 A.M. until Noon
June 19 – Strathmere – 10 A.M. until Noon
June 20 – Avalon – 10 A.M. until Noon
June 26 – Greater Wildwoods – 10 A.M. until Noon
June 26 – Stone Harbor – 1 P.M. until 3 P.M.
June 27 – Cape May – 10 A.M. until Noon
July 2 – Ocean City – 10 A.M. until Noon
July 2 – Strathmere – 1 P.M. until 3 P.M.
“All the reports I get back from people is how great the Ambassadors have been received,” said Freeholder Director Gerald M. Thornton. “This is one of the ways we believe helps our County reopen safely. Our County government is doing our part to ensure the proper messaging is getting out to residents and guests.”