USS New Jersey shutting down due to coronavirus – WPVI-TV

7September 2020

CAMDEN, New Jersey (WPVI)– It's the most embellished Navy battleship still afloat, but after serving four wars, the USS New Jersey has actually discovered itself in a different battle, versus an opponent it never ever intended to eliminate: COVID-19.

“Guests were a little apprehensive about going onboard a steel museum ship and rightfully so,” said Jack Willard, who's the marketing director for the ship.

After the initial pandemic shutdown, the ship reopened in June with brand-new CDC precaution in location, like social distancing guidelines and a health screening.Still, they might

only accommodate walk-up trips with 25 %capacity, suggesting it's popular programs like group tours, over night stays, and unique events, all had to be canceled.

“In our wildest dreams, we never saw this occurring,” stated Willard.The ship is closing for the remainder of the year and about 80 individuals on personnel are being furloughed. Officials hope to resume in April 2021 and it would like to fundraise at least half a million dollars to make up for lost earnings.

“We're going to continue to raise cash and our hope is that in the spring, we'll return stronger than ever,” said Willard.

“Absolutely, it requires to be here,” said Chris Marx, of Warminster who went to the ship with his child, Colin. The young boy got to be among the final individuals to trigger among the ship's cannons.

“It seemed like a huge boom like a bomb blowing up,” he stated.

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