What there is to know
- Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city’s eight public beaches and its public outdoor pools will all open on time this year – June 26 for the pools and May 29, Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, for the beaches
- In an effort to get more people vaccinated, New York City announced it is setting up mobile vaccination sites at its beaches and popular summer spots starting Memorial Day weekend.
- In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday announced the “Shots At The Shore” campaign that will provide free immunizations Saturday and Sunday in Sandy Hook, Long Branch and Asbury Park
New York City’s 14 miles of public beaches are open again this weekend, despite constant rainfall and possible record temperatures, after the forced delay of last year’s pandemic.
And new to beaches this year, the city has deployed mobile COVID-19 vaccination units to its beaches and popular summer sites starting on Memorial Day weekend.
“We will combine the joy of summer and the reopening of beaches with the vaccination effort and this weekend mobile vaccination buses will be on beaches all over town and in other key places where people will come together to enjoy the summer, ”Mayor Bill de Blasio said during his press briefing on Tuesday.
Mobile vaccination sites will include:
- Coney Island
- Brighton Beach
- Orchard Beach
- Brooklyn Bridge Park
- Parc central
- Parc Corona de Flushing Meadows
- Prospect Park
- Governors Island
The outdoor swimming pools of the five arrondissements return on Saturday, June 26, one day after the last day of school of this school year, while their eight beaches return on Saturday. Key COVID precautions and health advice will apply to all locations.
The eight beaches – Coney Island and Manhattan Beach in Brooklyn; Rockaway Beach in Queens; Orchard Beach in the Bronx; and the beaches of Midland, South, Cedar Grove and Wolfe’s Pond Park on Staten Island – will have lifeguards on duty daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. starting Saturday Memorial Day weekend.
“These beautiful outdoor spaces mean so much to New Yorkers, especially after the year we’ve all had,” de Blasio said during the announcement. “We will continue to follow health guidelines to ensure everyone’s safety. “
For those venturing to the Jersey Shore for Memorial Day weekend and not yet vaccinated, you will be able to do so there thanks to some upcoming pop-up sites. Brian Thompson reports from New York.
Beachgoers at three popular locations on the Jersey Shore will also be able to get vaccinated against the virus over the holiday weekend.
Gov. Phil Murphy announced the “Shots At The Shore” campaign on Friday which will provide free immunizations Saturday and Sunday in Sandy Hook, Long Branch and Asbury Park.
The announcement came the day New Jersey abandoned its indoor mask tenure, which Murphy called “one of the biggest steps we can take to move our recovery forward.”The pop-up vaccination sites will operate from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both days.
At Sandy Hook, it will take place in a car-accessible tent in parking lot E. In Asbury Park, it will take place inside the Grand Arcade, and in Long Branch, it will take place at the Pier Village kiosk.
The three vaccines approved for use in the United States will be available at each site, the governor said. Murphy said more than 4 million New Jerseyans are fully vaccinated against the virus.
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