New York beaches will be open for Memorial Day weekend.

A joint effort with New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Delaware, will open public and private beaches with restrictions Friday, May 22.

"With Memorial Day weekend fast approaching and warmer weather on the way, we want to make sure New Yorkers and residents of our neighboring states are able to safely enjoy outdoor recreational activities," Governor Cuomo said. "We have been coordinating with other states throughout this entire pandemic, and 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."

The rules for beaches include:

  • No more than 50% capacity at the beach
  • Limited parking
  • Group activities prohibited, including volleyball and football
  • Gathering areas will remain closed, including picnic spots, playgrounds, pavilions, arcades and rides
  • Social distancing measures in place for employees and visitors
  • Masks required for employees and visitors when social distancing is not possible
  • Food and drink stands will remain closed
  • Local beaches can open in New York as well. A decision must be made by local leaders by Wednesday, May 20.

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