It’s finally feeling like summer in NYC again!
Despite alluding to a high possibility that NYC beaches would remain closed throughout the summer earlier this year, Mayor de Blasio announced that NYC beaches will officially open for the season starting July 1. New Yorkers can enjoy swimming and sunbathing just in time for the 4th of July holiday weekend. He said that lifeguards are trained and ready to go, and that New Yorkers “earned this” thanks to all their “hard work.”
Of course, there will be special rules and regulations in place, including:
- Lifeguards will be on duty daily from 10am to 6pm. Swimming is unsafe and strictly prohibited at all other times.
- Beach-goers should only visit with members of their immediate household
- You must maintain six feet of distance of others while swimming and on beaches and boardwalks
- Keep beach blankets and chairs at least 10 feet apart from others
- Wear a mask when unable to maintain social distancing
- Refrain from group activities
There will be NYC Parks Ambassadors on hand giving out masks and educating New Yorkers about social distancing, and signage around the beach doing the same. If certain areas become too crowded, you may be redirected to another part of the beach.
The rumors are true: NYC beaches will open for swimming on July 1.
Let’s keep playing it safe: social distance & face coverings, even at the beach!
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) June 24, 2020
Here are the eight NYC beaches that will be reopening:
- Orchard Beach in the Bronx
- Coney Island and Manhattan Beach in Brooklyn
- Rockaway Beach in Queens
- Midland Beach, South Beach, Cedar Grove Beach, and Wolfe’s Pond Park Beach on Staten Island
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