Pandemic restrictions in place at city beaches for July 4th celebrations

Many people heading to the beach for Independence Day celebrations this year will have to take precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

News 12 Staff

Jul 4, 2020, 2:58 PM

Updated 1,419 days ago

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Many people heading to the beach for Independence Day celebrations this year will have to take precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Beachgoers will be asked to bring face masks along with their bathing suits and sunscreen.
Residents will be able to enjoy city beaches, which opened later than usual this year because of the pandemic. Swimming restrictions at the beaches were lifted earlier this week.
While many are expected to enjoy the water at beaches like Coney Island, social distancing will be monitored throughout.
Ambassadors will hand out masks to those who do not have one.
The city will be enforcing families and groups to stay 6-feet apart from each other, and are requiring beachgoers to wear face masks whenever they are not in the water.
The Coney Island boardwalk will look different this year, as the rides are still shut down and restaurants will only be open for takeout.
Because of the pandemic, the annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest will take place at a secret location instead of at the front of the flagship restaurant. Social distancing precautions also will be enforced at the competition as well.
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