New York State Park Beaches to Open for Swimming

Beach-goers are Reminded to Practice Social Distancing and
Respect the Rules

State Park Police and Operations Staff to Patrol Grounds to
Ensure Public Safety

Restrictions and Safety Measures are Consistent with the
New York State Department of Health’s
Guidance for Beach Activities During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

New York State
Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) will open
16 beaches across the state for swimming on Friday, with lifeguards staffed
at normal levels to ensure public safety. Beach-goers are reminded to
practice social distancing, respect the rules, and do their part to keep
parks, beaches and public lands open and safe for everyone. Beach capacity is
expected to fill quickly and New Yorkers are urged to plan ahead
by having alternate destinations ready.

State Park Police and
operations staff will be patrolling beaches, boardwalks, and parking fields
to ensure compliance with social distancing and crowd control
measures. Anyone that does not adhere to this guidance will be requested
to leave the beach or park.

should visit only with members of their immediate household and:

  • Maintain
    6 feet of distance of others while swimming and on beaches and
  • Keep
    beach blankets and chairs at least 10 feet apart from others;
  • Wear
    a mask when unable to maintain social distance;
  • Refrain
    from group activities.

State Parks
will be putting the following restrictions in effect:

  • Reducing
    normal summer season capacity by 50%, by limiting parking and other
    means of entry;
  • Prohibiting
    group contact activities, including contact sports (e.g.
    volleyball, football);
  • Reducing
    capacity in indoor areas such as changing areas, locker rooms, restrooms
    by 50%
  • Closing
    all beachfront concessions and areas of social gathering;
  • Implementing
    measures to maintain social distance for both employees and visitors,
    including signage, distance markers, directional arrows, and physical
  • Requiring
    masks must be worn by all employees and visitors when social distancing
    is not possible;
  • Conducting
    frequent cleaning and disinfection for restrooms and frequently touched

As part of
their lifeguard training and recertification, all state
park lifeguards are trained to practice “universal precautions” related
to infectious diseases. As part of this training, State
Parks has added Covid-19 informational training, including appropriate
precautions to ensure our lifeguards disinfect and sanitize all
equipment and surfaces such as lifeguard stands.  State Parks
has also limited the number of guards per lifeguard stand at any
one time. Each lifeguard will receive a fanny pack which will
contain a mask, gloves, hand sanitizer, CPR mask, safety glasses and a
surgical mask for beach goers who are pulled from the
water.  Each lifeguard shack will be equipped with
necessary supplies and materials such as disinfectant and hand

Swimming availability varies by park. The following State Park swimming
beaches will be open this weekend.

Long Island

Jones Beach 9 am – 5 pm

Robert Moses 9 am – 5 pm

Hither Hills 9 am – 5 pm

Sunken Meadow 9 am – 5 pm


Lake Welch 10 am – 6 pm

Capital District

Grafton Lakes 10 am – 6 pm

Lake Taghkanic 10 am – 6 pm

Moreau Lake 10 am – 6 pm

Thompson’s Lake 10 am – 5:45

Mohawk Valley

Delta Lake 11 am – 7 pm

Glimmerglass 11 am – 7 pm


Green Lakes 11 am – 7 pm

Fair Haven Beach 11 am – 7 pm

Southern Tier

Chenango Valley 11 am – 7 pm

Western New York

Beaver Island 10 am – 6 pm

Woodlawn 10 am – 6 pm


A listing of
swimming beaches with hours of operation is available on the New York State
Parks website.

Know before you
go: Plan ahead and make a list of alternate destinations. Beaches and
trailheads will be busy. Many state beaches and parks will quickly reach
capacity limits on nice weather days. Anyone parking outside of
designated areas will be ticketed. Check parks.ny.gov,
and 511 for park capacity closure alerts. Concession stands are closed.
Beach-goers should bring their own water and snacks.

New York State
will review the weekend’s operations and make any adjustments needed to keep
the public and park staff.

For information
on visit New York State Parks during the public health crisis: https://parks.ny.gov/covid19/.


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