Beaches Open Memorial Day Weekend

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Good news, Rockaway! Beaches will be open on time this summer!

On Wednesday, April 7, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that all New York City beaches will be open Memorial Day Weekend, starting Saturday, May 29. Public pools will also open this summer.

“Last year we had to delay the openings, this year we get to do what is great for the families of this city and have them all open. It’s outdoors, it’s exactly where we want people to be,” de Blasio said during his morning press conference.

Due to Covid, last year, lifeguards did not start until July 1. The city won’t be repeating that this year, but de Blasio explained that health and safety restrictions will be in place such as encouraging masks and social distancing while not in the water. “It’s going to be a wonderful summer in New York City,” de Blasio said. ”This summer, the city is going to come alive.”

Reporter Katie Honan of The Wall Street Journal asked if restrictions will change this year to which de Blasio said, “I think things are evolving. As more people get vaccinated, it will drive down the case count. I won’t be surprised that over the summer, we find there are ways of doing things differently and giving people a little more freedom. The rules in place that the state set from last summer continue. I think that’s smart for now. We’re going to constantly watch the data and science and if things continue to improve, hopefully we can relax some of those rules further.”

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