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Mayor: Public beaches to reopen Saturday, capacity will not be limited

They say beaches will remain open through Sunday, September 12.

News 12 Staff

May 28, 2021, 7:04 PM

Updated 1,061 days ago

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The city’s eight beaches will reopen for swimming on Saturday, Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver announced Friday. 
They say beaches will remain open through Sunday, September 12. 
Lifeguards will be on duty daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. They say swimming is unsafe and strictly prohibited at all other times. 
Beach capacity will not be limited for the upcoming season. Face coverings will continue to be required and social distancing should be followed. 
“This summer will be the Summer of New York City and that’s not complete without a trip to one of our beautiful beaches,” said Mayor de Blasio. “To all New Yorkers: have fun and stay safe!”
“The summer heat has arrived, and with the return of swimming at our beaches, comes another step in our collective return to normalcy. It is with great pleasure that I say to all New Yorkers: grab your sunglasses, sunscreen, and swim gear -- beach season is here!” said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP. “We want everyone to enjoy our eight public beaches this season, but it must be done safely – swimming is only allowed in designated areas, from 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. when lifeguards are on duty.”
“This Memorial Day weekend is a chance for all of us to breathe a sigh of relief because of the great progress New Yorkers have made in the fight against COVID-19, but vaccination remains our best tool to keep transmission low,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi. “It’s never been easier to get vaccinated, and this weekend, you can get some summer sun AND a vaccine at the beach. Get vaccinated to protect your family, friends and city!”


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