Coronavirus NYC Update: New York City Council differs from Mayor Bill de Blasio and recommends opening beaches for swimming


NEW YORK CITY (WABC) – No swimming will take place on New York beaches for the foreseeable future, but that has not stopped city council members from showing their apparent frustration at Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision The city council has published its own recommendations which ask that beach goers be allowed to go in the water.

The guidelines, issued by city council chairperson Corey Johnson and council members representing beach areas, state that the city is able to provide for appropriate social distancing to avoid spreading the coronavirus, both to and from on the way to the beaches.

“Access to the city’s beaches is not just a problem of summer fun. It’s a fairness issue and a public health issue, “said Johnson. “The New Yorkers have done an incredible job coming together to flatten the curve and stop the spread so far. They deserve clear guidelines on how to safely enjoy the city’s beaches as they approach summer heat. “

The recommendations call for reducing the capacity of city beaches and separating different parts of the sand to allow people to enjoy the water, simply sunbathe while keeping a safe distance.

In addition, the council wishes to authorize the opening of restaurants adjacent to the beaches, the bathrooms must be open, lifeguards must be equipped with PPE and an increase in bins to minimize waste.

The mayor of Blasio decided this week to reopen the city’s beaches before Memorial Day weekend, but not to allow swimming.

De Blasio said the decision on the beaches will remain in place even if the city enters phase 1 of reopening.


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