NYC beaches may be closed through summer over coronavirus: report

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April 15, 2020 - 7:00 am
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    NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – New York City beaches may stay closed through the entire summer as social-distancing measures continue to keep people apart.

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    A source told the New York Post that the Parks Department was told by City Hall to plan for the possibility of full or partial closures through the summer.

    Officials are reportedly considering the possibility of opening sections of beaches, but that could worsen issues of social-distancing as beachgoers vie for those limited areas.

    There’s also the issue of staffing—the city hasn’t started looking for lifeguards.

    “Even if the mayor wants to open the beaches — which I don’t think he’s going to — they don’t even have the manpower,” the source told the Post.

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo may also have the power to override any decision de Blasio ultimately makes about beaches by saying lifeguards are non-essential workers.

    On Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said social-distancing measures could last into August, which would mean no large gatherings in the city through the summer months, at beaches and beyond.

    “We're confident, at this moment, we can reopen the schools in September, but we're not confident about June. We're not confident about July. We're not confident about August, that we could have people gathering together again in large numbers,” de Blasio said.

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