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Nassau County executive: 'It makes sense' to restrict county beach to residents only

Posted at 8:42 AM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 08:42:26-04

LONG ISLAND, N.Y. — As New York City beaches remain closed for Memorial Day weekend amid the COVID-19 pandemic, neighboring counties worry that the influx of people going to their beaches could raise some issues.

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said she plans to sign legislation to restrict their county beach to residents only.

Curran spoke to PIX11 Morning News and said the decision came after speaking to Mayor Bill de Blasio.

She said she “completely understands his decision” to keep beaches open, but since beaches are to be kept at a 50% capacity, “it makes sense” to restrict Nickerson Beach to Nassau County residents since they pay the taxes for it.

To enforce the restriction, Curran said they will check the licenses of drivers heading to the beach to make sure they are Nassau County residents.

She also discussed summer beach procedures, which include not allowing sports and concession stands, but food trucks will be a possibility.

Curran said most residents have been following social distancing rules, which would help prevent the spread of the virus and help Nassau County continue to recover.