Long Islanders flock to Jones Beach to enjoy hot spring day

With vaccination rates going up and infections rates going down, many ditched the masks as they walked on the boardwalk and on the beach.

News 12 Staff

May 23, 2021, 9:24 PM

Updated 1,064 days ago

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Scores of people flocked to Jones Beach on Sunday to enjoy the hot and sunny weather.
With vaccination rates going up and infections rates going down, many ditched the masks as they walked on the boardwalk and on the beach.
Parking field capacity was reduced to 50% last year, but Nassau County Executive Laura Curran says she expects that will change this summer.
"I have been advocating for 100% opening at the beaches and I'm excited that the state, starting in early July, will allow that to happen," she says.
Social distancing rules have also changed from 10 feet to 6 feet at the beach.
Beachgoers were not allowed in the water because there were no lifeguards on duty this weekend.
The lifeguards will return for swimmers next weekend, which will also be the start of the Bethpage Air Show.
Park officials say they usually get 150,000 people a day coming to the Air Show. This year, only about 40,000 people are expected due to the 50% capacity limit.
During next weekend's air show, only ticket holders will be allowed into Jones Beach.
Sunken Meadow, Robert Moses and any other state park beaches will still be an option for beachgoers.
The show will be live streamed online.


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