New York City beaches reopen for swimming

Posted at 7:23 AM, Jul 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-01 13:00:40-04

NEW YORK CITY — After a delay due to the coronavirus pandemic, New York City beaches reopen for swimming Wednesday.

The city's eight public beaches will now allow swimmers some cool relief from summer temps.

Lifeguards will be on duty daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the beaches will be capped at 50% capacity, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The mayor has laid out important safety guidelines for beachgoers:

  • Only go to the beach with members of your immediate household
  • Keep blankets and chairs at least 10 feet apart from other parties
  • No group activities
  • Maintain social distancing while swimming and on beaches and boardwalks

The news was announced by de Blasio in late June, about a month after New York's state-controlled beaches opened fully for the Memorial Day weekend, despite the mayor keeping city beaches closed.

At the time, the decision caused many Long Island beaches to restrict access to local residents due to concerns of city dwellers traveling out to hit the sand.

The latest development in New York's reopening comes as Gov. Andrew Cuomo considers delaying the start of indoor dining in the city.

Indoor dining is currently scheduled to begin on July 6 when NYC enters Phase 3. Cuomo is expected to announce his decision Wednesday.