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Rules for reopening state, locally-run beaches spelled out

Members of the Perez family of Freeport enjoy

Members of the Perez family of Freeport enjoy a warm day at Jones Beach State Park on Friday. Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa Loarca

As beaches reopen for the summer, the new regulations at the shore will be vital for Long Islanders to know before they head out for some much-needed time in the sun.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Friday, along with governors of New Jersey, Connecticut and Delaware, that state and local beaches and lakeshores will reopen the Friday before Memorial Day under certain minimum conditions.

Elected officials say the new regulations are crucial to prevent a resurgence of the novel coronavirus as regions steadily move to reopen areas and businesses that have been closed for weeks.

“We have worked on an agreement allowing beaches to be open with proper social distancing and other public health protections in place, so we can begin establishing a new normal without jeopardizing the progress we've already made,” Cuomo said in a statement.

Will New York State beaches be open this summer?

What about locally-run beaches?

Will there be separate rules based on whether it’s a state or local beach?

Will lifeguards be on duty?

Will concessions be open?

Do I have to wear a mask if I go to the beach?

Are there any other restrictions I need to follow?

Will pools be open?

Are beaches open this week, before Memorial Day weekend?

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