Mayor Bill de Blasio ruled that the Big Apple beaches will not open on Memorial Day. “Obviously, there is great interest in beaches and New York State has said that different locations can make different decisions and some are deciding to open metropolitan area beaches on Memorial Day, the traditional start of the beach season, ” acknowledged the democrat.
However, he considered that, at least for the city, it is not yet certain.
“I have said it before and I will say it again. We will not open our beaches on Memorial Day. It is not safe. It is not the right thing at the epicenter of this crisis, “he said.
The five New York counties concentrate the highest number of cases nationwide with 189,031 COVID-19 infections.
There are still about 50,000 people hospitalized and 15,700 deaths confirmed, in addition to around 5,000 possible.
De Blasio said his Administration will be careful about the reopening.
“After all the progress we’ve made to combat this disease, we are not taking that opportunity (to reopen),” he said.
He added that people can walk on the beaches keeping distance, but they cannot swim or challenge the restriction rules.
This weekend, dozens of New Yorkers were seen gathering outside bars and in parks, sparking alerts about new infections.
De Blasio said that efforts will be made to disperse those who gather outside bars and other businesses.
Beaches in the rest of the state would open to 50% capacity, according to the state government.