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Bill de Blasio says people who go to the beaches on Memorial weekend can’t get in the water or have barbecues

No swimming! DeBlasio says people who go to NYC beaches can’t get in the water or have barbecues or he’ll have to block the entrances as Memorial Day weekend approaches

  • Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Monday that New Yorkers should not be allowed to swim, barbecue, or hold large gatherings while visiting New York City’s beaches
  • People are allowed to walk on beaches as long as they distance themselves
  • De Blasio said if people don’t follow the rules he will be forced to block all entrances to the beaches with fencing set up from Monday

Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Monday that people are not allowed to swim, barbecue, or hold large gatherings while visiting New York City’s beaches prior to Memorial Day weekend.

New Yorkers are allowed to walk on the beaches as long as they follow social distance guidelines and wear masks.

“If you want to walk on the beach, enjoy it. But no swimming, no lifeguards, no parties, no barbecues, no sports, ”the Blasio said Monday.

“It’s just an open space that you can walk on, go in and then go home.”

De Blasio said that if people do not follow the rules, he will be forced to close all access to the beaches.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Monday that people should not swim, barbecue or hold large gatherings while visiting New York City's beaches

Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Monday that people should not swim, barbecue or hold large gatherings while visiting New York City’s beaches

The mayor said the fence has already been put in position in case necessary.

“When we see people start to make something of it, like what happens during a traditional summer on the beach, we will certainly give a few warnings to the people in this city. If we don’t see the right thing, we need to be stricter, ”said de Blasio.

“This is first about health and safety. So if we need to post fences we will, but I give people every chance to still enjoy what they can on the beach without having to go through with stricter measures.

Over the weekend, dozens of people were seen enjoying the sunny weather on multiple beaches in New York City. Many practiced social distance and made sure to wear their masks.

Agents were shared who shared masks with beachgoers and prevented people from swimming or getting too close.

On Sunday, De Blasio said the beaches will not be reopened in time for Memorial Day.

Clearly there is great interest in the beaches, and New York State has said that different places can make different choices, and some in the metropolitan area decide to open beaches for Memorial Day – the traditional start to the beach season.

“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. We don’t open our beaches on Memorial Day. It is not safe. It is not right to do at the epicenter of this crisis, “he said Sunday.

De Blasio said walking on beaches is allowed, but if people start swimming or ignore social distance guidelines, the city will take more drastic measures and put up fencing to keep people out

De Blasio said walking on beaches is allowed, but if people start swimming or ignore social distance guidelines, the city will take more drastic measures and put up fencing to keep people out

De Blasio said walking on beaches is allowed, but if people start swimming or ignore social distance guidelines, the city will take more drastic measures and put up fencing to keep people out

De Blasio said on Sunday that the city will not open our beaches on Memorial Day. It is not safe. It is not right to do at the epicenter of this crisis'. A security guard patrols Orchard Beach in the Bronx on Sunday

De Blasio said on Sunday that the city will not open our beaches on Memorial Day. It is not safe. It is not right to do at the epicenter of this crisis'. A security guard patrols Orchard Beach in the Bronx on Sunday

De Blasio said on Sunday that the city will not open our beaches on Memorial Day. It is not safe. It is not right to do at the epicenter of this crisis’. A security guard patrols Orchard Beach in the Bronx on Sunday

De Blasio said city officials will be “very smart and cautious” about reopening and keep looking at indicators that don’t “get us where we need to be.”

“After all the progress we’ve made in fighting this disease, we don’t seize that opportunity,” he added.

The mayor said he did not rule out closing beaches later in the summer.

On Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that New York State beaches will be open for Memorial Day Weekend.

Local agencies may decide not to open them, but if they choose they must comply with Cuomo guidelines.

The decision was made in partnership with New Jersey and Connecticut, who announced reopenings for their beaches earlier on May 22.

A man adjusts a child's mask before going to Orchard Beach in the Bronx on Sunday

A man adjusts a child's mask before going to Orchard Beach in the Bronx on Sunday

A man adjusts a child’s mask before going to Orchard Beach in the Bronx on Sunday

He said Friday that he should do the same for New York to prevent people from the state flocking to New Jersey or the Connecticut coast and possibly causing another outbreak.

Half of the normal number of people are allowed on the beaches and are maintained in parking lots. People should be 6 feet apart and if they can’t, they should wear masks.

Cuomo has extended the home order to June 13, but regions are likely to meet reopening requirements before then.

As the beaches reopen, there will be no concession stands to keep people from queuing for food and drink, Cuomo said.

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