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State and local beaches may open on the Friday before Memorial Day weekend with restrictions

Bennett Beach
Posted at 12:20 PM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 12:26:50-04

ALBANY, N.Y. (WKBW) — In his daily briefing on Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced New York's state and local beaches and lakeshores can open on the Friday before Memorial Day weekend (May 22) with restrictions.

Similar beach opening plans are being rolled out in New Jersey, Connecticut and Delaware by their respective state governments.

Governor Cuomo announced the following "minimum conditions" for state and local beaches in his briefing:

  • Limited capacity to 50%
  • Controlled exits/entrances
  • Limited parking
  • No group contact activities, including sports
  • Areas of social gathering closed (including picnic areas, plagrounds, pavilions, etc.)
  • Social distancing measures enforced for employees and visitors
  • Masks required for employees and visitors when social distancing is not possible
  • No concessions stands
  • Adequate staffing levels to enforce social distancing measures and crowd control

Governor Cuomo added that if local governments do not enforce the rules, beaches will be closed.