NYC Beaches Will Remain Closed for Memorial Day Weekend
New York City beaches will not be opening for Memorial Day Weekend, unlike the rest of the beaches in New York State.
ABC 7 NY reports that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that New York City beaches will not open for Memorial Day weekend. de Blasio's announcement was made on Sunday, May 17, 2020. On Friday, May 15, 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that beaches would be opening across New York State. Beaches in New Jersey, Connecticut, and Delaware will also be opening for Memorial Day weekend.
Mayor de Blasio cited health and safety concerns as the reason to not open New York City beaches. ABC 7 NY reports that beaches are open for walking with social distancing measures. However, the beaches will remain closed for swimming. There will be an increased presence of NYPD and NYC Parks patrols as well.
According to ABC 7 NY, fencing will be added to control entry points to New York City beaches. Access to beaches will be further restricted if social distancing or no-swim rules are not followed as well. It is still unclear if New York City beaches will open for the summer season.