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May 26, 2021, 9:21 p.m. EDT

Updated on:May 26, 2021, 9:21 p.m. EDT

Entertainment venues across New Jersey are preparing to welcome a full audience again – something they haven’t done in 15 months.

The Stone Pony in Asbury Park sets up the Southside Beer Garden next to the famous rock club.

New Jersey’s The Jerds will play the venue’s first public concert since the pandemic began on Saturday. But indoor shows may not be back for a while.

“We’ll be focusing on the South Side Beer Garden until we do our summer stage. But it will take months to really put things back together, ”says General Manager Caroline O’Toole.

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center is gradually making a comedy return to indoor shows next month. But these shows will be socially distant for the time being.

“You’re going to see a pretty busy schedule on NJPAC because not only is it what we’re booking, but there are pre-pandemic shows that we’ve postponed twice,” said David Rodriguez, executive producer of NJPAC.

The state of New Jersey lifts indoor capacity and social distancing limits for venues on June 4. It remains to be seen how ready the audience will be for the return. Officials say it will take time for many closed venues to book a full schedule for artists on stage.