WNY Beaches Can Open Friday Before Memorial Day If They Follow These Rules

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According to a tweet by Governor Andrew Cuomo on May 15th, WNY beaches are able to reopen on Friday of Memorial Day weekend (Friday, May 22, 2020) as long as they follow certain guidelines.

The tweet by @NYGovCuomo stated, “As a region we have established a joint agreement on beaches in NY, NJ, CT and DE. State beaches will open Friday of Memorial Day weekend with strict precautions. Beaches will be at 50% capacity & masks will be required when social distance not possible. Staff will enforce.”

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A follow up tweet mentioned, “City, town and county beaches may open as well on Friday of Memorial Day weekend, as long as they fully enforce the minimum rules. They may impose additional conditions. If local government’s don’t enforce these rules, the beaches will be closed.”

The minimum rules include:

  • 50% capacity will be enforced by limiting entrance and parking
  • No “group contact activities” allowed including sports
  • Gathering places closed (ie. playgrounds)
  • Social Distancing will be enforced, must wear masks when social distancing is not possible
  • All concessions closed
  • Proper staffing must be in place to enforce regulations

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