LONG BEACH, N.Y. — Authorities in Nassau County are cracking down on Long Beach following a rowdy weekend of hundreds of beachgoers who weren't following pandemic rules.
Some residents said the crowds were young adults who were drinking and gathering in large crowds.
A curfew has been set for the beaches on Long Beach. Beaches will now close at 8:00 p.m., and the boardwalk will shut down an hour later, at 9:00 pm., according to police.
The curfew begins on Thursday.
The city is also limiting the sale of non-resident daily passes to weekdays only.
Meaning, if you don't live on Long Beach, you won't be able to come to the beach on the weekend.
Riptides owner Brian Braddish said people need to follow the rules or everyone, including his business, will be penalized.
“Closing the boardwalk at 9:00 would be a good thing because there’s been issues, and police presence is a good thing. Not having out-of-town residents here is going to hurt my business and hurt the revenue for Long Beach,” said Braddish.
The measures are in place to keep the people safe.
The new hours will last until further notice.
The City Council is expected to discuss more about the new hours Tuesday night.