CORONAVIRUS ON LONG ISLAND: Nassau and Suffolk beaches to open next Friday with safety modifications

Kimberly Dole
May 15, 2020 - 5:47 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Nassau County Executive Laura Curran reported on Friday 121 new cases in the county, bringing the total number of cases to 38,864.

Standing at the tennis court in Eisenhower Park, she also reported 11 new deaths as the death toll rises to 2,027.

Hospitalizations are also down by 35 to 677.

She reported that 5.1 percent of residents tested positive, a number that continues to decline, although the number is higher in minority communities, Curran said.

The county has only met five of the seven metrics needed in order to go into Phase 1 of reopening, she reported.

"Despite our overall downward trends, if we get a one day increase in the number of deaths, the clock stops, and we have to go back to the start," Curran said.

Nassau officials announced that starting next Friday, county beaches will be open at 50 percent capacity, in time for Memorial Day weekend.

Curran said local municipalities will be responsible for enforcement of the rules on the beaches.

Park tennis courts are reopened Friday with some modifications which include singles games only, players will have to bring their own tennis balls and games can only be played on every other court.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced Friday that beaches will open to the public on Memorial Day with additional safety protocols in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“From a practical perspective, we have to be able to provide things for our kids to do and for families to do though the summer,” Bellone said.

He also called beaches "part of the fabric of life here on Long Island. It’s the reason many of us live here."

Visitors are required to wear masks on boardwalks, stairways and restrooms, but not on the beach or in the water, according to Bellone.

"Lifeguards will do what they need to do to save the person’s life. Bellone said.

There will only be one lifeguard per stand in order to adhere to social distancing regulations, Bellone said. Other lifeguards will still be on the beach.