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City beaches to open to swimmers July 1, city spokesperson says

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Posted at 10:14 PM, Jun 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-24 11:26:38-04

NEW YORK CITY — It's finally starting to feel like summer.

After days of sweltering heat and humidity in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Twitter Tuesday night that relief is in store: city beaches will be open for swimming on July 1.

Freddi Goldstein, the mayor's press secretary, first confirmed the news to PIX11 that the mayor intended to announce the plan.

"The rumors are true," de Blasio wrote in a tweet. "NYC beaches will open for swimming on July 1. Let’s keep playing it safe: social distance & face coverings, even at the beach!"

City beaches did not initially open for swimmers as usual this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic, though state beaches did fully open Memorial Day Weekend at the direction of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.