Mayor Bill de Blasio said beaches in New York City will not be opened on Memorial Day, saying "it is not safe."
“It is not the right thing to do in the epicenter of this crisis," de Blasio said at a news briefing on Sunday.
But even though beaches remain closed to swimming, walking on the beach is permitted. The New York Police Department will increase patrols across the beaches and parks, de Blasio said.
“There will not be swimming, it will not be allowed, there will not be lifeguards on duty,” he added.
The city will add fencing to control entry points and more fencing in reserve to close off the beaches if needed, adding its not something they want to do. Access will be further restricted if social distancing or no-swim rules are not observed.
“Were going to give people a chance to get it right," de Blasio said.
The mayor is asking people to not have gatherings on the beach and if they do, “up will come the fences, closing off those beaches.”