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Jones, Robert Moses and other Long Island beaches open for season

Beach-goers keep their distance at Jones Beach State

Beach-goers keep their distance at Jones Beach State Park in Wantagh. Credit: Howard Schnapp

Several Long Island beaches officially opened for the season Memorial Day following strict new state guidelines for reduced capacity and social distancing. Vehicle entrance fees will not be collected this weekend at state parks, where officials expect parking lots at the most popular beaches to fill by noon. Many towns and municipalities are limiting beach access to residents only. Here are the details, including any admission fees or site-specific restrictions beachgoers will encounter:

OPEN TO PUBLIC

JONES BEACH STATE PARK, Wantagh Open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, 6 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends and holidays with lifeguards on duty. Realtime parking updates will be posted at parks.ny.gov, 516-785-1600.

ROBERT MOSES STATE PARK, Babylon Open dawn to dusk with lifeguards on duty for swimming 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Parking updates will be posted on parks.ny.gov, 631-669-0449. 

GOV. ALFRED E. SMITH/SUNKEN MEADOW STATE PARK, Kings Park The beach is open sunrise to sunset daily with lifeguards on duty for swimming 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 631-269-4333, parks.ny.gov

HECKSCHER STATE PARK, East Islip Gates open at 7 a.m. daily for the park set on the Great South Bay (no lifeguards until June 27), 631-581-2100, parks.ny.gov.

WILDWOOD STATE PARK, Wading River The beach set on the Long Island Sound is open but swimming doesn't begin until June 27, 631-929-4314, parks.ny.gov.

ORIENT BEACH STATE PARK, Orient Located on the eastern tip of the North Fork of Long Island, the beach and park are open dawn to dusk with swimming beginning June 27, 631-323-2440, parks.ny.gov.

HITHER HILLS STATE PARK, Montauk The beach is opens to swimming with lifeguards on duty 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Campsite reservations are canceled through May 31; 631-581-2100, parks.ny.gov.

SAILORS HAVEN/WATCH HILL, Fire Island Acessible by ferry from Sayville and Patchogue, the Fire Island National Seashore beaches are open to the public, although lifeguards are not on duty for swimming yet; 631-597-6183, nps.gov.

NASSAU COUNTY RESIDENTS

EUGENE NICKERSON BEACH, Lido Beach Capacity will be capped at 1,000 at this beach open to Nassau County residents only for the time being. Lifeguards on duty at 10 a.m. Fee $15 with proof of residency (credit or debit card only) will be collected 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; 516-571-7700, nassaucountyny.gov.

SUFFOLK COUNTY RESIDENTS

SMITH POINT COUNTY PARK, Shirley Open 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m for Suffolk County residents only with proof of residency with lifeguards on duty. Tiki Joe's restaurant is open weekends for takeout. Fee $9 parking with green key ($18 without green key); 631-852-1313, suffolkcountyny.gov.

CUPSOGUE BEACH COUNTY PARK, Westhampton Open 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m for Suffolk County residents only with proof of residency with lifeguards on duty. Tiki Joe's restaurant is open weekends for takeout. Fee $9 parking with green key ($18 without green key); 631-852-8111, suffolkcountyny.gov.

Compiled by Lynn Petry.

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