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LI residents fill pools, beaches as possible heat wave rolls in

Pools and beaches are expected to hit capacity this weekend as scorching temperatures are forecasted to hit Long Island.

News 12 Staff

Jul 18, 2020, 10:37 AM

Updated 1,464 days ago

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LI residents fill pools, beaches as possible heat wave rolls in
Pools and beaches are expected to hit capacity this weekend as scorching temperatures are forecasted to hit Long Island.
With so many people expected, everyone is being reminded about the importance of social distancing.
Signs at Jones Beach are telling residents to stay away from one another as best as they can both while on the sand and in the water. People are also being asked to wear face coverings while on the boardwalk, in bathrooms and at the concession stand.
Capacities at state park beaches are set at 50% and state officials are warning drivers to avoid beach access roads during peak hours after major traffic jams on the Robert Moses Causeway occurred last weekend.
Pools across Long Island are also expected to get crowded.
Officials in the towns of Brookhaven and Huntington say residents must make reservations if they want to head to the pool.
Huntington Town Supervisor Chad Lupinacci says state guidelines only allow pools to have 70 people swimming at a time and around 150 people around the pool.
In Oyster Bay, pools are extending their hours to keep residents cool.
Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino says all community pools will stay open until 8:30 p.m. this weekend.
He says the pool will open at 11 a.m. and admission will be limited to town residents and non-residents with a permit. Capacity will also be reduced.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says social distancing rules at parks, beaches and pools should be enforced at local governments.
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran says she is relying on residents and business to practice common sense.
"We do have enforcement arms out there, but they're just there to remind people about what they have to do," Curran says. "People are doing a great job and we need them to keep doing it."
Nassau County will be opening three cooling centers over the next four days in Hicksville, Wantagh and Uniondale.
Health experts are warning residents to avoid alcohol if they are out in the heat and to drink lots of water. They also are reminding everyone to apply and reapply sunscreen.
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