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NY beaches hit capacity, close early amid 2nd day of 90-degree heat

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Posted at 9:00 AM, Jul 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-19 12:08:29-04

LONG ISLAND — New York State beaches hit capacity early Sunday for the second straight day as residents seek relief from the stifling heat.

Robert Moses State Park as well as Field 6 at Jones Beach on Long Island were full and closed to incoming visitors at 8:30 a.m.

Jones Beach, Sunken Meadow, Orient Beach, Hither Hills and Wildwood all reached capacity and closed before 11:30 a.m.

Dozens of state parks and beaches in the Hudson Valley and upstate New York were also closed before noon Sunday.

To find out the status of other state beaches and parks, click here.

On Saturday, Robert Moses hit capacity around 8:30 a.m. and Jones Beach was full and closed to incoming visitors by 1:30 p.m.

The best kept secret on Long Island seemed to be Hecksher State Park. Parking at that beach only reached 25% capacity on Saturday.

Farther upstate, over a dozen parks and beaches were at capacity and closed by Saturday afternoon.

While many New Yorkers may have sand and surf in mind this weekend amid the heat and humidity, corornavirus rules may dampen those plans.

State beaches and parks are supposed to allow only half the parking capacity at each location to encourage social distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Beachgoers must set up 10 feet away from each other and face coverings are required on boardwalks and inside bathrooms and other indoor spaces.

The state is using beach ambassadors to make sure people have enough room to safely enjoy the sand and surf.

“We want people to leave 10 feet between blankets and 6 feet distance when in the water,” said Gorman.