Published on : Thursday, June 25, 2020
On Wednesday, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that authorities have decided to provide permission to reopen 8 public beaches in New York City for swimming starting July 1. However, visitors are still encouraged to maintain proper social distancing measures in beaches. It has also been mentioned that lifeguards will be on duty every day from 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM and no swimming activity will be allowed in the absence of a lifeguard.
The decision comes after Mayor Bill de Blasio prevented the reopening of New York beaches for Memorial Day weekend in an effort to mitigate the risk of contamination and increase of new coronavirus cases. New Yorkers have also been asked to follow directions provided by NYC parks staff as well as posted on signage at all beaches alongside following social distancing protocols in the new phase of reopening.
NYC Parks Ambassadors will be stationed at the beaches. Beachgoers will be provided with masks and educated about safe distancing. Ambassadors have also been asked to direct beachgoers to other beach areas if one particular area attracts lot of crowd in order to maintain social distancing. The Mayor has also asked all citizens to continue washing and sanitising of hands and urged them to wear face covering while maintain distance between individuals and small groups.
Mitchell J. Silver, NYC Parks Commissioner, FAICP mentioned in the official statement that authorities want all New Yorkers to enjoy the surf and sand but most importantly they want people to maintain safety and security. He said that being cautious and responsible is highly essential when people hit the beach for the summer season this year.