State park beaches reopening for swimming Friday

WNYT Staff
Updated: May 22, 2020 09:06 AM
Created: May 22, 2020 05:21 AM

MOREAU -- Some beaches in state parks will be reopening for swimming in New York on Friday.


The state will open 16 beaches for swimming, all fully staffed with lifeguards.

However, there will be many changes. People must follow strict social distancing guidelines, and no sports will be allowed.

If you are planning to head to the beach for the holiday weekend, you will want to plan ahead. As part of the coronavirus pandemic response, capacity at state parks will be limited by 50 percent. They are also reducing the capacity in indoor areas like locker rooms and restrooms.

Social distancing rules are also in place for the beach. You can only go to the beach with your immediate family or household. They are also asking that you maintain at least six feet of distance while swimming. If you are setting up chairs or a beach blanket, you must keep at least ten feet of space between others.

Beach front concessions will also be closed.

You are also asked to refrain from group activities. This includes activities like volleyball, football, and even things like picnics.

Some markers will be placed throughout the parks for social distancing. If you can’t maintain social distance, you must wear a mask.

In the Capital Region, the following beaches will be open:

  • Grafton Lakes 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Lake Taghkanic 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Moreau Lake 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Thompson's Lake 10 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.

To hear more about the new regulations, click on Emily De Vito's report. 

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